CORVALLIS, Ore. – Auditions for Oregon State University Theatre’s winter production, “Rhinoceros,” will be held at 6 p.m. Nov. 13 and 14 in the Withycombe Hall main stage theatre, 2901 S.W. Campus Way, Corvallis.

“Rhinoceros,” by Eugene Ionesco and translated by Wesley Savick, is an absurdist play inspired by Ionesco’s experiences with fascism. It depicts anxiety about the spread of totalitarianism in society, as inhabitants of a provincial town gradually turn into rhinoceroses.  

Auditions are open to all OSU students, staff, faculty and area community members. The cast features three principal roles and an ensemble of seven to 14 players. Those auditioning should be prepared to do cold readings from the script, which is available online at:

A cast read-through and meeting will be held the week of Nov. 27. Rehearsals will begin Jan. 15 and run regularly on Sundays from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. and from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

Technical/dress rehearsals will run Feb. 24 to 28 and performances are March 1 to 3 and March 9 to 11. All cast members must be available for all technical rehearsals and performances. Those auditioning should review their schedules and be prepared to address any conflicts at the auditions.

 For more information, contact Director Ajai Tripathi at

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Michelle Klampe