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Director • Translator • Playwright     

Rob Melrose

Photos by Sarah Roland

For performance rights, please contact:

Max Grossman

Abrams Artists Agency

275 Seventh Avenue 26th Floor New York, NY


"This is theatrical magic of a high order, and provides no end of delight…a tour de force of physical acting that leaves the audience breathless with laughter…Artistic director Rob Melrose’s new translation is a revelation of clarity…Annie Elias’ expert direction engages fully for the entire 90 minutes, and in no doubt whatsoever that we are watching a masterpiece."

–Charles Kruger

Theater Storm

by Eugène Ionesco
in a new translation by Rob Melrose
The Cutting Ball Theater

Rob Melrose, Artistic Director

March 1 - 31, 2013

Directed by Rob Melrose

Set Design by Michael Locher

Costume Design by Sarah Roland

Lighting Design by Heather Basarab

Original Music / Sound Design by Theodore J. H. Husker

Assistant Directed by Rem Myers

Production Stage Management by Jocelyn A. Thompson


Old ManDavid Sinaiko
Old WomanTamar Cohn
The OratorDerek Fischer

"Cutting Ball Theater’s current staging of mid-20th-century French playwright Eugene Ionesco’s The Chairs is probably one of the best theater of the absurd productions to be seen locally — ever...The almost-entirely-two-character tragic farce, or farcical tragedy, is blessed with numerous advantages: A new translation by artistic director Rob Melrose, who turned some of Ionesco’s nonsensical French wordplay into equally nonsensical English-language wordplay." 

–Jean Schiffman

The San Francisco Examiner


by Eugène Ionesco

in a new translation by Rob Melrose

directed by Annie Elias

The Cutting Ball Theater