The University Theatre presents

and the Firebugs

by Max Frisch
translated by Mordecai Gorelik

November 3 - 12, 2000

Directed by
Brook Davis

 Scenic Design by 
 Douglas W. Brown

Costume Design by
Lisa Weller

 Lighting Design by 
 Jonathan Christman

Sound Design by
  Matthew Fuller*

Stage Manager
Amber Wiley*


Gottlieb Biedermann Jonathan Horvath*

Fire Chief 
Meg McKee*

Ali Ayala*
Chrissy Davis
Michelle Neidigh
Lee Norris
Andy Rigsby
Kate Roberts
Corinne Zadik*

Melissa Jones

Sepp Schmitz 
Nick Kinder*

Mr. Knechtling 
Elodie Sutton

Katie Henderson

Willi Eisenring 
Erin Wade*

Police Officer 
Sarah Wynne

Mrs. Knechtling 
Elodie Sutton

Special Appearances by: 
Sharon Andrews
Susan Borwick
Doug Chatham
John Friedenberg
Angela Hattery

* Member of The Anthony Aston Players



Technical Director
Douglas W. Brown

Costume Shop Supervisor 
Lisa Weller

Audience Services Coordinator 
Shanda Smith

Assistant Stage Managers
Katie Rouse, Tanis Smith

Master Carpenter
Aaron Bokros*

Scenic Carpenters
Matthew Fuller*, Joseph Gera*, 
Briana Keeling, Marc Lucente, 
John Stallings, Sarah Storminger*, Adam Wells, Michael Wright

Scene Crew
Brian Cinc, Roderick Eason
Jonathan Fenton, Scott Francis, Matthew Hale, Greg A. Herzog, 
Brett Hickman, Sean McGuire,
Jess McKay, Ryan Ramsey, 
Ryan Sbarra, Ben Snow, Elodie Sutton, John Zboyovski

Costume Shop Assistants
Kate Lewis, Laura Maready, 
Corinne Zadik*

Costume Construction Crew
Shontay Hayes, Bridget Henry
Natalie Hines, Kevin Lerch, 
Brent McGuirt, Ashley Moore
Nicole Patterson, Adrienne Sheffler, Laura Weir

Sound Engineer & Board Operator
Alan English

Master Electrician 
Matthew Fuller*

Lightboard Operator
Keri Senges

Electrics Crew 
Travis Dove, Joe Gera, Rob Holland, Kevin Link, Marc Lucente, 
Lisa Pearson, Amy Powell,
Joe Sarteschi, Sarah Storminger

Poster Design
Kelly Murdoch-Kitt*

Jonathan Christman, Bill Ray III

Publicity Assistant
Kelly Murdoch-Kitt*

Box Office & Front of House Staff
Ali Ayala*, Alannah DiBona, 
Alexandra LeCrone, Everett Long, Jonathan Loudin, Noreen Walsh, Lutrell Williams

Front of House Crew
Steve Arndt, Lindsay Childers, 
Amber Love, Nick Meserve
Angie Meyer, Kendra Stewart, Lili Vo

Theatre Office Assistants
Nick Kinder*, Cambra Overend,
Maya Sanford, Amber Wiley*

* Member of The Anthony Aston Players

North Carolina School of the Arts
Winston-Salem Little Theatre


Evil is near. 
Sometimes late at night the air grows strongly clammy and cold around me. I feel it brushing me.  All that the Devil asks is acquiescence…not struggle, not conflict. Acquiescence.
—Suzanne Massie, 
Russian author and historian
 Swiss playwright Max Frisch wrote Biedermann and the Firebugs in 1951.  Frisch was dismayed by the events of World War II and grappled with the question, “How and why did people allow the Nazis so much power?”  When interviewed, Frisch (who died in 1991) questioned the new millenium and claimed that if we don’t stand up and resist the powers of something like a Holocaust, our species will not survive.

 Knowing that, however, it is important that we don’t pigeonhole this play into a play only about the Holocaust. It is also about the other issues around us daily that we turn a blind eye towards and it is particularly relevant during this election season in our country.   I’ll bet Frisch would cringe at the numbers of us who don’t keep ourselves informed about political issues or don’t take time out of our schedules to vote. His play is about one thought in particular. Complacency can be dangerous and perhaps even deadly.

 Got it? Okay now, for the next hour or so, forget everything you’ve just read.

 The reason this play works is . . . it is really funny.  Critic Anne Donohue wrote, “Biedermann is simultaneously a political parable and a caustic commentary on humankind’s moral flaccidity and capacity for self-deception.  It is also wickedly funny, with a madcap sensibility that has a contemporary feel and not one shred of earnestness.”  Frisch himself subtitled the play, “A Lesson Play Without A Lesson.”  So I encourage you to sit back, laugh at this absurd little play, and enjoy yourself.

 Then think about it on your way home.


Return to Main Page
Webpage by Jonathan Christman- 11/7/2000 Access count: