The Semi-Circle
English Language Theatre in Basel since 1975


Autumn Production 2016 - The Zoo Story, by Edward Albee;

Alas, Poor Fred, by James Saunders


"The Zoo Story"

               by Edward Albee


Director:

        Richard Brown

 

Cast:

        Peter - Scott Holland

        Jerry - Luca Manganelli

 

Synopsis:   Peter is spending Sunday afternoon reading his book in New York’s Central Park.  A disheveled Jerry, who wants to talk about his trip to the zoo, disturbs Peter's peace and tranquility.  Peter is too polite to dismiss Jerry and the banter of conversation, which seems harmless enough to begin with, soon descends into a dark and intense conflict over the right to sit on the park bench.


 This American classic was Edward Albee's first performed work (1960).


"Alas, poor Fred"

            by James Saunders


Director:

       Stephanie Feddern


Cast:

       Ethel - Cathy Barker

       Ernest - Edward Atkinson


Synopsis:  Ernest Pringle and his wife, Ethel, are sitting quietly in their armchairs, chatting about how funny it must be to get cut in half, as Fred was.  At first they appear to be two conventional people talking about something that does not interest them all that much - which, as the story unfolds, is clearly not the case at all.


First presented in 1959, this play put James Saunders on the road to becoming one of the leading British exponents of the "Theatre of the Absurd".





      

       Production Manager: Tanja Spichty


       Venue: Theater Arlecchino, Walkeweg 122, Basel

       17/18/19/24/25/26 November 2016


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