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THE ARSONISTS
by Max Frisch
in a new translation by Alistair Beaton
directed by Michael John Garcés

At the WOOLY THEATRE
641 D St. NW
Washington DC 20004 USA

5th SEPTEMBER - 8th OCTOBER

 

The Arsonists - Berkeley 2-13

Arsonists in America

The Arsonists book

THE ARSONISTS
Methuen drama
ISBN: 978-1-408-10393-7
ISBN-13: 978-1408103937

The Arsonists. Photo Credit: David Allen

Canadian production of The Arsonists 2012.

Canadian production of The Arsonists 2012.

Canadian production of The Arsonists 2012.

programmeThe Arsonsists

Fires are becoming something of a problem.  But Biedermann has it all under control.  He’s a respected member of the community with a loving wife and a flourishing business, so surely nothing can get to him.  The great philanthropist is happy to meet his civic duty by giving shelter to two new guests but when they start filling his attic with petrol drums, will he help them light the fuse?

Max Frisch’s parable, newly translated by Alistair Beaton, about appeasement was given its first major UK revival since its Royal Court, London premiere in 1961.  

 

In a fine new English translation by Alistair Beaton, Max Frisch’s weirdly gripping play The Arsonists manages to be satirical, menacing and mysterious.
Kate Bassett, Independent on Sunday

Alistair Beaton’s sharp new translation.
Michael Billington, the Guardian

Creatives: Cast:

Written by Max Frisch
Translated by Alistair Beaton
Directed by Ramin Gray
Designer - Anthony Ward
Lighting - Johanna Town
Sound - Christopher Shutt

Zawe Ashton
Michael Begley
Paul Chahidi
Benedict Cumberbatch
Jacqueline Defferary
David Hinton
Will Keen - Biedermann
Munir Khairdin
Claire Prempeh
Alwynne Taylor
Graham Turner

 

THE ARSONISTS in Dallas 2014

" Kitchen Dog Theater’s production, crackles under Tim Johnson’s tight direction…  British satirist Alistair Beaton’s 2007 translation brings Frisch’s ideas up to date.  "

" Explosively entertaining "
DALLAS OBSERVER

Creatives: Cast:

Written by Max Frisch
Translated by Alistair Beaton
Directed by Tim Johnson
Music Composed by Jon Schweikhard
Stage Manager: Michelle Foster
Costume Design: Giva Taylor
Scenic Design: Jeffrey Schmidt
Lighting Design: Aaron Johansen
Sound Design: Kellen Voss
Prop Design: Jen Gilson-Gilliam

Max Hartman
Karen Parrish
Jenny Ledel
Jason Kane
Michael Federico
Rhonda Boutté
Ian Ferguson
Chris Sykes
Joshua Kumler
Jon Schweikhard
Mark Baker

the Arsonists at Kitchen Dog Theater in Dallas, texas the Arsonists at Kitchen Dog Theater in Dallas, texas. Photo Credit: Matt Mzorck

 

THE ARSONISTS in Chicago 2014

"Strawdog has put together a set that truly comes alive with sound and fury. The experience is unsettling, by turns funny and frightening, but not to be missed."

Creatives: Cast:

Written by Max Frisch
Translated by Alistair Beaton
Directed by Matt Hawkins
Assistant Directors - Sarah Espinoza
and Kenton Gott
Set Design by Mike Mroch
Sound by Sarah Espinoza
Lighting by Shawn T Mallary

Ira Amyx
Scottie Caldwell
Scott Danielson
Jared Fernley
Sarah Goeden
Robert Kauzlaric
Mike Ooi
Lea Pascal
Blair Robertson
Neal Starbird
Rob Vignisson
Rebecca Wolfe

The Arsonists: Photo Credit: Joe Cole Media The Arsonists: Photo Credit: Joe Cole Media

 

THE ARSONISTS in Berkeley 2013

Creatives: Cast:

Written by Max Frisch
Translated by Alistair Beaton
Directed by Mark Jackson
Set Design by Ken Macdonald
Sound by Matt Stines
Lighting by Stephanie Buchner

Dan Hiatt
Tim Kniffin
Gwen Loed
Kevin Clarke
tristan Cunningham
Michael Uy Kelly

The Arsonists. Photo Credit: David Allen The Arsonists. Photo Credit: David Allen

 

"Sets stage ablaze" & "Alistair Beaton's smart and lean translation ...."
MERCURYNEWS.COM

"A crisp new translation by British political satirist Alistair Beaton".
SFGATE.COM

 

THE ARSONISTS in Toronto 2012

star star star star(out of four)
"The Arsonists, a smart satire, simply ignites fires"

TORONTO STAR

star star star star(out of four)
"One blazing night at the theatre"

THE GLOBE & MAIL

Creatives: Cast:

Written by Max Frisch
Translated by Alistair Beaton
Directed by Morris Panych
Set Design by Ken Macdonald
Original score composed and
performed by Justin Rutledge
Lighting by Jason Hand

Michael Ball
Fiona Reid
Sheila McCarthy
Dan Chameroy
Shawn Wright
Sly Juhas
Christine Bougie

" ...this funny and thought-provoking show left us snapping our fingers and tapping our toes."
THEATROMANIA.COM

 

THE ARSONISTS in Los Angeles 2010

Critic's Choice
Los Angeles Times

"An uncannily relevant new translation by Alistair Beaton"
LA Daily News

"Chillingly funny"
LA Weekly

Creatives: Cast:

Written by Max Frisch
Translated by Alistair Beaton
Directed by Ron Sossi
Produced by Ron Sossi and Barbara Mueller-Wittmann
Scenic Design by Birgitte Moos

Alan Abelew
John Achorn
Ron Bottitta
Diana Cignoni
Chantal DeGroat
Beth Hogan
Eric lasoya
Cary Thompson
Norbert Weisser