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THE PLAY’S THE THING, a reading series brought to you by Telluride Theatre, is returning for their 2018 season. Bringing great theatrical literature to life with staged readings THE PLAY’S THE THING is a fresh, fun way to experience theatre. Theatre lover? Literature hound? Join Telluride Theatre for a special play reading series featuring classic, modern and new scripts. THE PLAY’S THE THING is part performance, part reading and part discussion. Think… book club for plays. Think… dynamic performance meets great literature. There will be four readings during 2018, FREE and open to the public. Prior to the reading - the script along with compiled history, background and playwright information will be made available for anyone who would like to do some reading before the performance. Email for a link to the script. Audience members can opt to come without pre-reading anything and hear great plays performed by rehearsed actors. After the FREE reading there will be an open discussion of the play.Our first reading will be Wednesday January 31st - RHINOCEROS by Eugene Ionesco. “In Ionesco’s absurdist masterpiece RHINOCEROS, the inhabitants of a small, provincial French town slowly start to turn into rhinoceroses. Bérenger, is the only one who doesn’t succumb to this mass metamorphosis, experiencing paranoia and obsession with the rhinoceroses. RHINOCEROS was written as a response and criticism to the sudden upsurge of Fascism and Nazism preceding World War II, and explores the themes of conformity, culture, fascism, responsibility, logic, mass movements, mob mentality, philosophy and morality.” Truly a play for our current political times.