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English translation by Neil Blackadder
Staged reading directed by Louis Fantasia
On Chirping Hill, a rural place near an Austrian village, the employees of a local company come together for an annual midsummer-nights party, a chance to get back to nature and loosen up.
However, this year’s event is going to be different because of what happened last year, and all will be revealed and commented on in songs by a chorus of crickets.
The series Contemporary German Theater brings contemporary German language plays to English speaking audiences in Southern California through a series of “staged readings” where actors, with scripts in hand, employing minimal movement, read a play aloud.
The series is designed to provide experts, as well as members of the general public with an interest in the fields of theater and film, with an overview of current trends in German language theater.
A project of the Austrian Consulate General in Los Angeles, the Consulate General of Switzerland in Los Angeles and the Goethe-Institut, this series will continue next year with a staged reading of Swiss playwright Reto Finger's play Cold Country.
A discussion and reception will follow each staged reading
Thomas Arzt (b. 1983) grew up in a small village in Upper Austria.
He moved to Vienna to study theater history, where he began to write poems and short dramas, inspired by the Austrian dialect and the tradition of folk comedy.
In 2008, he began to work on his first play, Grillenparz, which describes a rural society and nature, focusing on the question of what is homeland. It was first released in 2011 at the Vienna Schauspielhaus and won Arzt several young playwrights’ prizes.
Currently Thomas Arzt is working on his new play, Alpenvorland, a tragicomedy about living between countryside and city.
Louis Fantasia has produced and directed more than a hundred and fifty plays and operas worldwide.
Director of the Shakespeare Globe Centre's Teaching Shakespeare Through Performance Institute from 1997 to 2002, Louis is currently Director of Shakespeare at the Huntington, the teacher training institute of the Huntington Library, Art Galleries and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, as well as Chair of the Department of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the New York Film Academy at Universal Studios.
Please RSVP by December 7th 2012
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