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Spring Production 2005 - Paradise lost

"Homecoming" by Jamie Sievert, directed by Jamie Sievert and Krista Jaquet

- Sally - Tara Gostelow
- Rick - Jamie Sievert
- Carol - Christine Comerci
- Debbie - Suzanne Thommen
- Ian - Frederic Anklin

It concerns the return of Sally, the sister of Rick, to their Los Angeles suburban home of two years trying to prove herself as an artist in Italy. Debbie arrives, a real Californian dreamer and wannabee, assaulting Sally’s ears with her (almost) triumphs and her (well, nearly) successes in becoming a film star. Then we meet Ian, Sally’s one-time boyfriend. Sally is initially glad to see them but increasingly annoyed by them both, as they demonstrate that, for them, nothing has changed, whereas she has - but doesn’t seem to be any too clear as to how and why.

"Squashed" by Peter Young, directed by Peter Hilton

- George - John Hyland
- Shirley - Suzan Wilson

A study in incompatibility, between a married couple, George and Shirley. He is driven to bitter, bottled-up anger by her nagging him about the repairs and jobs he should be doing instead of reading. Meanwhile, she is discontented at their way of life, finding solace in criticising him, watching TV and going to the cinema. Into George’s head comes a plot to be rid of her. She always goes to the same cinema and always orders a pack of orange juice. He follows her with a prepared pack of poisoned orange juice. On his return home he is king of the castle – till he notices that tea is laid, the pot is warm, and Shirley appears...

"Fear of Heaven" by John Mortimer, directed by Susan Aeschbach-Jagger and Eric Collino

- Lewis Luby - Martin Spedding
- Tommy Fletcher - Tony O’Sullivan 
- Sophie Luby - Diana Zuger
- A Guide - Nick Steven
- A Doctor - Anna Giedrys
- A Nun - Lianne Gisler
- A young Italian Patient - Marek Kujawa

In a Tuscany hospital, which used to be a renaissance residence, the ceiling is a famous painting of heaven, including a fore-shortened view of God. When two of the patients, Lewis Luby and Fletcher, wake, they think they’re part of the picture, angels and all. Luby is bulky, bombastic and belligerent, with a passion for poets who are mad, bad and dangerous to know and is very disappointed to find he’s in the company of God and all his angels. Fletcher is a quiet, mousy man with a knife wound, who’s not at all surprised since he thoroughly disapproves of sex, smut and pornography – while Fletcher is the pure opposite.

Venue: Das Neue Theater am Bahnhof Dornach

5/7/8/9/10/12 April 2005

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