Play - Original

Longacre Theatre (January 09, 1961 - August 05, 1961)
Longacre Theatre (September 18, 1961 - September 30, 1961)
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  • Opening Date: January 9, 1961
  • Closing Date: September 30, 1961
  • Previews: 0
  • Performances: 256

Playwright: Eugene Ionesco


The inhabitants of a French village gradually turn into rhinoceroses, with the exception of the unassuming Berrenger, in Eugene Ionesco's play.


Opening Night Cast

Eli Wallach in Rhinoceros Eli Wallach Berrenger
Zero Mostel in Rhinoceros Zero Mostel John
Morris Carnovsky Logician
Michael Strong Shiftor
Mike Kellin Dribble
Anne Jackson Daisy
Jean Stapleton in Rhinoceros Jean Stapleton Mrs. Ochs
Philip Coolidge Mr. Nicklebush
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Opening Night Production Credits

Eugene Ionesco Eugene Ionesco Playwright
  Derek Prouse Translator
  Joseph Anthony Director
  Leo Kerz Scenic Design
  J. Michael Travis Costume Design
  Leo Kerz Lighting Design
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Shows That Opened That Season: 1960 - 1961

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Outer Critics Circle

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1961 Special Award   Winner

Tony Award

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1961 Actor in a Play Zero Mostel Winner
1961 Direction of a Play Joseph Anthony Nominee
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