A Stage Adaptation of BoJack Horsemen in the Eisner Center
Join us for a stage adaptation of BoJack Horseman on October 10 -12, 8:00 pm; 13, 2:00; 15 & 16, 8:00, at Sharon Martin Hall in the Michael D. Eisner Center for the Performing Arts!
In honor of Michael D. Eisner ’64, the Department of Theatre will celebrate its new home in the Michael D. Eisner Center for the Performing Arts with BoJack Horseman, a stage adaptation of the acclaimed and complex Netflix animated series, produced by Michael Eisner Productions and the Tornante Company.
Adam Venrick ’21, a theatre student who is in this show, shares his thoughts about being in the first theatrical production in the Eisner Center:
“I’m so happy to be in this show, on this Eisner stage. It feels like a professional theater and it’s so good to have that feeling. It really helps me to feel like I’m honing my craft in a professional setting.
“And for BoJack, this is a show that has meant a tremendous lot to me since I first started watching it in 2016. It was a show that, in part, inspired me to become an actor (not because of BoJack as a character, but because of the show itself) and to take a real look at myself. It’s a show that talks openly about difficult issues and I so admire this school for being able to be in the position to adapt it. I’m so grateful, every day to be a part of it. I love the role I’m playing, it’s a fun role, and the episode we adapted is excellent. The director keeps calling it: “A little, mini-Chekhov play” and that is kind of what it is. I can’t wait for people to see it.”
Ian Crouch described the BoJack series, created by Raphael Bob-Waksberg and often ranked among the best shows on television, as “a comedy about an anthropomorphic talking horse … a show-biz washout in Los Angeles.” “BoJack is a silly show” he writes, “that is also deeply, unshakably sad,” praised by critics “for the way it blends fast-paced absurdist comedy with unexpected depth” of character and purpose (“‘BoJack Horseman’ and the Comedy of Despair,” The New Yorker 8/14/2015).
Denison’s stage Bojack Horseman focuses on a moment of crisis between two old friends struggling to understand one another, midway through the series’ third season.
Based on the character and television series created by Raphael Bob-Waksberg.
Adapted from an episode by Kate Purdy.
Adapted for the stage by Mark Evans Bryan.
Director: Mark Evans Bryan’96
This production is free and open to the public but tickets are required.