Peru Theatre Company to present The Arsonists

Peru Theatre Company to present The Arsonists

Peru, Nebraska- The Peru Theatre Company will present The Arsonists in a six performance run during the last week of October.  The Arsonists will be performed in the Jindra Fine Arts Building Black Box Theatre.

Tickets are $10.  Tickets for seniors and students under 18 are $5.  Tickets are free for Peru State students, faculty and staff.


Tuesday, October 24 at 6 p.m.
Wednesday, October 25 at 6 p.m.
Thursday, October 26 at 5 p.m.
Friday, October at 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 28 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 29 at 2:30 p.m.

The Arsonists was written by Swiss playwright Max Frisch in 1953.  A new translation by Alistair Beaton, with a first performance featuring Benedict Cumberbatch, has fueled recent interest.

Laura Lippman, assistant professor of theatre at Peru State, will direct.  Lippman previously brought The Arsonists to stage as director for the University of Arizona School of Theatre, Film & Television.

As an introduction to the play, Lippman writes, “Fires are starting all over the city, but Biedermann can take the heat. He’s a well-respected, well-disposed citizen with a loving wife and thriving business so surely a fire can’t start under his roof—or can it?”

“When two smooth-talking strangers show up at his door seeking shelter Biedermann can’t deny his civic duty in spite of his simmering suspicions. But when they start filling his attic with oil drums, will Biedermann help them light the fuse? In Alastair Beaton’s new translation, this ‘morality play without a moral’ raises many questions and demands the audience answer for themselves…if they can.”

Lippman adds, “The Arsonists is a relevant, absurdist comedy that asks us why we refuse to acknowledge warning signs. Is it because we’d prefer to believe that it can’t happen here? Do we keep our heads in the sand and think about something else because it makes our daily life a little easier?”

“The Arsonists doesn’t make us feel comfortable, nor does it allow us to avoid the inevitable confrontation (and conflagration). Instead, the play asks us to explore questions of how such things happen while denying us answers. It demands that we try and figure the answers out for ourselves.”

Lippman concludes, “So ask yourself: why does Biedermann open his door in the first place? Is it because he’s humane or only human?”


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