"Not to think like the others brings you in an unpleasant situation. Not to think like the others, simply means that you think."

– Eugène Ionesco, Introduction of "Antidotes", 1975

Eugène Ionesco (1909 - 1994)

Eugène Ionesco was one of the most important French playwrights of the 20th Century and a leading character of the “absurdist theatre”. In his drama Eugène Ionesco focuses on the question of human existence as well as the trivia of everyday life. His most renowned play in Germany “Die Nashörner” (1959) is based on his own experience in Romania. This induced Eugène Ionesco to always oppose conformism, to act against totalitarianism, which changes humans and turns them into “Nashörner”. But even beyond his drama Eugène Ionesco always gave comment on topics such as culture and politics and impressed not a few people with his “courage to doubt”.

"I have met a man who is more than any other clairvoyant and confused, roused and reserved."

– André Coutin, Gespräche mit Eugène Ionesco

Further quotations

Upcoming anniversaries

23 June 1959: Premiere of "Tueur sans gage" at Théâtre Récamier

23 June 1957: Premiere of "L’Avenir est dans les oeufs" at Théâtre de la Cité Universitaire

10 September 1957: French premiere of "Le Nouveau Locataire" in Paris