Burning Down the House

One of the most compelling plays of the past theatre season is hitting the stage again.

Vienna’s Volkstheater is bringing back “Biedermann und die Brandstifter” (The Arsonists) this autumn. Max Frisch’s play from 1958 has been well-received at numerous theatres throughout the decades. It is still an essential part of secondary school modern literature curricula.1

Gottlieb Biedermann, considered as the epitome of the conservative businessman, welcomes a drifter and his suspicious entourage to his home. Typifying the naive and trusting gentlemen, the polite entrepreneur remains totally oblivious to what is going on around him as the gang plan to burn his estate to the ground.

Hungarian director Viktor Bodo is in charge of the Volkstheater production starring Günter Franzmeier (pictured) and Gabor Biedermann. Visit http://www.volkstheater.at for information on tickets and a charity initiative supporting theatre staff facing temporary unemploment.

Photo: © http://www.lupispuma.com / Volkstheater

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