Vladimir Nabakov's
a one-man show


Invitation to a Beheading was an original adaptation of Vladimir Nabokov's story by the same name. It centered on Cincinnatus C., a man sentenced to death by beheading for the crime of being an individual, but is not told on which day he is to be executed. He waits in his cell as his reality becomes more and more surreal the closer he gets to his inevitable end.


Aug-Sept 2004
The Elephant Lab, 1078 Lillian Way, LA, CA 90038

The Cast

Scott Rognlien

The Crew

Adaptation by Scott Rognlien
Directed by Jim Peters
Sound Design by Lindsay Jones
Light Design by Annie Terry
Light Board Operator - Ben Peters
Sound Board Operator - James Agiesta

Press & Reviews:

“Rognlien does a superb job of acting all the characters, and twining his way through the multiple ambiguities” - LA Weekly

"[A]mbitiously edgy…a harrowing portrait of the schizophrenic mind-set needed to survive under Soviet communism." - LA Times

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