PRINT March 1976

Rhoda in Potatoland

RHODA IN POTATOLAND IS THE 12th production of the Ontological Hysteric Theater, which Richard Foreman founded in 1968. Foreman writes, directs, and designs all of the company’s productions, which have included Total Recall, Hotel China, Sophie = (Wisdom), Pain(t), and Pandering to the Masses. Foreman is the most rigorous theorist and one of the more interesting artists currently working in the American theater, but except among small groups in New York and Europe, his work remains practically unknown, perhaps because, conceptually and formally, Foreman’s work is more closely related to that of contemporary artists, filmmakers, and dancers than to that of playwrights and directors. His oeuvre relates to “performance,” to “dance,” and to “drama,” but cannot be strictly classified as any of these. This neglect of Foreman may, however, soon change: in late winter New York University Press will

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