idiopathic (adj.)

(from The Oxford Dictionary of Biochemistry)

Arising by itself, not consequent upon, or symptomatic of, another disease; essential.


ridiculous (adj.)

(from American Heritage Dictionary)

Deserving or inspiring ridicule; absurd, preposterous, or silly.

radiculopathy  (n.)

(from American Heritage Stedman's Medical Dictionary)

Disease of the spinal nerve roots.  Which led to: ridiculopathy + 


consortium (n.)

(from American Heritage Dictionary)

  An association or a combination for the purpose of engaging in a joint venture.

“Theatre is simply what cannot be expressed by any other means;

a complexity of words, movements and gestures that convey a vision of the world

inexpressible in any other way.”

                                                                                                          -Eugene Ionesco


Board of Directors



Norman S. Ellman

Professor of Modern and Classical Languages

Saint Joseph's University


Tina Brock

Producing Artistic Director

The Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium


Erica Hoelscher

Associate Artistic Director

Chairperson, Department of Theatre,

Professor of Theatre, Lehigh University


Bob Schmidt

Ways and Means Coordinator

The Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium 

Advisory Committee


Ben Doranz, PhD, MBA

President and CEO

Integral Molecular, Inc. 

Strategic Planning Consultant


Greg Nanni

Playwright/Theater Artist


Larry Wilkins

Retired Educator

Ex-Officio, IRC Board President


Dr. Marcia Ferguson

Professor of Theater, University of Pennsylvania

Actress, Director, Producer 



The IRC’s 2021 body of work, including Into the Absurd: A Virtually Existential Dinner Conversation  is made possible, in part, by generous support from The Philadelphia Cultural Fund; Wyncote Foundation; The Bayard Walker, Jr. Fund of the Philadelphia Foundation; The Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts program of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, administered regionally by the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance; The Charlotte Cushman Foundation, in Memory of Donna R. Thomas, former president of the Charlotte Cushman Foundation, and by YOU, our loyal and growing audience -- over 70% of our 125K annual budget is generated through ticket sales and individual donations.   Many thanks to all who have contributed to the IRC since its founding in 2006. Safe journeys as we roll along.

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