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★★★★ (out of 4) - The Globe and Mail
★★★★ (out of 4) - Toronto Star

The Arsonists

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DATES
Nov 11 - Dec 9, 2012
THEATRE
Bluma Appel Theatre
RUN TIME
1 hr, 30 mins
BY
Max Frisch
IN A NEW TRANSLATION BY
Alistair Beaton
DIRECTED BY
Morris Panych
ORIGINAL MUSIC
Justin Rutledge
SET DESIGN
Ken MacDonald
COSTUMES DESIGN
Charlotte Dean
LIGHTING DESIGN
Jason Hand
 
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A wickedly funny farce starring Michael Ball, Christine Bougie, Dan Chameroy, Sly Juhas, Sheila McCarthy, Fiona Reid, Shawn Wright, with original music by Justin Rutledge performed live on stage with a full band

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Gottlieb Biedermann has a problem. Two strangers have weaseled their way into his home and he’s pretty sure they’re the arsonists who’ve already torched much of his small town. Perhaps by turning a blind eye what he doesn't want to see won't happen. Or will it?

Wickedly funny, Swiss playwright Max Frisch’s famous post-World War II political farce about our all-too-human ability to ignore acts of despicable evil gets its Canadian premiere in this not-to-be-missed production from the director and designer of Canadian Stage's 2009 runaway hit 'Art'.

Stage favourites Michael Ball and Fiona Reid star as Biedermann and his wife Babette. Toronto-based songwriter/musician Justin Rutledge composes original music, performing live on stage with a full band.

Babette - Fiona Reid
Biedermann - Michael Ball
Anna / Fire Brigade - Sheila McCarthy
Eisenring / Fire Brigade / Mr. Knechtling - Shawn Wright
Schmitz / Fire Brigade / Mrs. Knechtling - Dan Chameroy
Fire Chief / Police Officer / Doctor of Philosophy - Justin Rutledge
Fire Brigade - Sly Juhas
Fire Brigade - Christine Bougie

Director - Morris Panych
Set Designer - Ken MacDonald
Costume Designer - Charlotte Dean
Lighting Designer - Jason Hand
Sound Designer - Emily Porter
Music Director - Justin Rutledge
Stage Manager - Joanna Barrotta
Assistant Stage Manager - AJ Laflamme
Fight Director - John Stead
Set Construction - Hamilton Scenic Specialty Inc.
Design Assistant - Ken MacKenzie

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Set design by Ken MacDonald Set design by Ken MacDonald. Anna, played by Sheila McCarthy. Costume design by Charlotte Dean. Babette, played by Fiona Reid. Costume design by Charlotte Dean. Babette, played by Fiona Reid. Costume design by Charlotte Dean. Band. Costume design by Charlotte Dean. Dr. of Philosophy/Police, played by Justin Rutledge. Costume design by Charlotte Dean. Eisenring, played by Shawn Wright. Costume design by Charlotte Dean. Biedermann, played by Michael Ball. Costume design by Charlotte Dean. Schmitz, played by Dan Chameroy. Costume design by Charlotte Dean. Widow Knechtling. Costume design by Charlotte Dean.

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