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The Lesson ()

Produced by

Hole in Your Face Productions

Presented by

The Toronto Fringe Festival

Playwright: Eugene Ionèsco
Director: Tracey Bradley


Tarragon Theatre – Extra Space


July 5th, 2008 – July 12th, 2008


A dim-witted, bright-eyed pupil arrives to meet her mild-mannered, scatterbrained professor.  Their lesson begins with great promise, but as the pupil’s performance deteriorates and the professor’s frustration grows, the lesson quickly devolves – with dire consequences for both. Both comic and violent, Ionesco’s absurdist classic challenges our conventional assumptions about education, communication and, ultimately, knowledge itself. (


Alex Fallis The Professor
Julia Nish-Lapidus The Pupil
Colleen Williams The Maid

Creative Team

Eugene Ionèsco Playwright
Tracey Bradley Director


Anna Maria Lo Bianco Stage Manager
Julia Nish-Lapidus Producer