By Max Frisch
Translated by Alistair Beaton
Directed by Patrick Russell
March 12–13, 2020 *
Durham Studio Theater
Running Time: 95 minutes (no intermission)
* Performances scheduled for March 14–15 were cancelled due to COVID-19.
In a nameless town. At an unknown time. A community is on edge as arsonists wreak havoc in the night, going door to door, setting homes ablaze. When the self-assured businessman Biedermann finds himself with the arsonists on his doorstep, will he be prepared for their cunning and coercive tactics?
As timeless as it is timely, Max Frisch’s cautionary comic parable on greed, apathy, and the power of persuasion has the urgency of a ticking time bomb.