• 2018-2019 Season,  Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead

    What is Absurdism, Anyway?

    by Hannah Gunson-McComb, dramaturg “I don’t get it,” my mom says as she hands my phone back to me. I had shared a meme with her that I and my brother found extremely funny, but all the comedy was lost to her. “What do you mean, you don’t get it?” I asked, trying to find out why. “I mean I don’t understand it. It’s absurd.” “Just… take it at face value.” My mom stares at the phone again, her eyes squinting in confusion. “… Yeah, I still don’t get it.” *** When we usually use the word “absurd,” we’re describing irrational and illogical behavior or images, much like my mom,…