Pa Ubu and Ma Ubu
(Photo: Joshua Akkerman, WJON)

ST. JOSEPH - The College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University present Ubu. Jon Ferguson of Theatre Forever is directing the play.

He says, "Ubu was written by Alfred Jarry in Paris. He was fifteen when he wrote it. It was a a parody of his teacher at the time, who he considered to be a real buffoon or idiot."

The play follows Pa Ubu who tries to take over Europe after his wife, Ma Ubu, convinces him to do so.

"He tries that, and he kills lots of people," says Ferguson, "He gets rid of nobles, gets rid of financers, gets rid of all sorts of characters. It's basically about a nasty character that wants to take over Europe."

Ferguson says the cast is excited to perform for an audience, especially since they have helped in the creative process. Nico Marasco, who plays Captain Bordure, says it's been exciting preparing for Ubu.

"It's just extremely unique, and it changes everyday. The dynamic and emotions, it's just a giant roller coaster." says Marasco.

He and the rest of the cast want to get the audience involved in the play, and to also have them enjoy what he calls the shock factor.

"There's a big wow, and shock factor, and every scene tops the last, so they're just always going to be on their toes not knowing what to expect," says Marasco.

Ferguson says, "They style of this performance is very much connected to the audience. They really play to, and play for the audience. The energy that the audience will give them will really help them to be bigger, more ridiculous, and make the show funnier."

If you would like to be a part of this play, CLICK HERE for ticket information. The show will be in the Coleman Black Box Theater in the Benedicta Arts Center on the College of Saint Benedict's campus.


Ma Ubu and Captain Bordure
(Photo: Joshua Akkerman, WJON)

Show Times

Thursday, Oct. 16th, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 17th, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 18th, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 19th, 2:00 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 23rd, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 24th, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 25th, 7:30 p.m.