deconstructs Alfred Jarry's revolutionary absurdist work, Ubu Roi, taking Jarry's objective of offending and incriminating
audiences and modernizing the context--tipping the sacred cows of race, gender, sexuality, politics, power and money.
Through a series of short sketches that incorporate the
structure and highly stylized characters of early 20th Century Burlesque, Ubu 2000
follows Candidate Ubu's persuasion of the public and eventual rise to power as King and Dictator of New York City. Ubu becomes
New York's last great reformer, arresting the city, publicly rejecting immorality while privately indulging, banishing the
poor and sucking the rich dry. Though inspired by today's down and dirty political scene, Ubu represents the future -- a future in which the Beast awakens and transforms the city that never sleeps into a post-apocalyptic nightmare. By speaking the
unspeakable, revealing the invisible, and laughing at our moral desolation, Ubu 2000
aims to jolt audiences into a re-evaluation of the State of the Union, and the role of the individual in the new millennium.