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Frank Theatre is thrilled to present the area premiere of Max Frisch’s THE ARSONISTS, an adaptation BIEDERMANN AND THE FIREBUGS by Alistair Beaton. THE ARSONISTS will be performed at the Ritz Theatre Feb. 12-March 6, 2016. Performances are Thurs-Sat at 8:00 PM and Sundays at 2:00 PM. Tickets are $20-25 and can be reserved now at or (612) 724 3760. Post-show discussions are held after every Sunday matinee, except on March 6.

The comfortably-situated Gottlieb Biedermann (Jay Albright), a businessman, scoffs at the susceptibility of his neighbors to arsonists who have been lighting up the town. But when an unusual stranger (Schmitz) knocks on his door, Biedermann invites him in out of politeness. His sense of moral generosity leads to him hosting both Schmitz and his friend Eisenring in the attic. While a chorus of firemen witness the action on stage, the two strangers fill Biedermann’s attic with barrels of gasoline. Biedermann, unwilling to recognize the evil taking place in front of his eyes, assists them in their plot, even offering them the match that leads to his destruction. Max Frisch’s wildly funny “moral play without a moral” (as it is subtitled) illustrates the risk of shying away from political and social responsibility.
Frank Theatre’s production of THE ARSONISTS features Twin Cities’ veteran Jay Albright as “Biedermann,” with a cast of Charlotte Calvert, Nastacia Foster, Becca Hart, Steve Matuszak, Gabriel Murphy, Victoria Pyan, Mark Rhein, Jefferson Slinkard, and Mohamed Yabdri. It is directed by Frank Artistic Director Wendy Knox, with scenery by Joseph Stanley, sound by Dan Dukich, costumes by Kathy Kohl and lighting by Mike Wangen. It is stage managed by Glenn Klapperich.
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