The Semi-Circle
English Language Theatre in Basel since 1975


November 1987 Production - "Ara Di Capo" by Edna St. Vincent Millay  and "Womberang" by Sue Townsend

Aria da Capo by Edna St. Vincent Millay

Pierrot                                                Paul Schmid

Columbine                                        Monica Jaeger

Cothurnus, Masque of Tragedy           Norman Koeth

Thyrsis, Shepherd                      Christian Rippmann

Corydon, Shepherd                       Markus Rippmann

Directed by Norman Koeth

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Millay's best and most famous work. A true masterpiece -- beautiful, delicate and poetic. An atmosphere of naive simplicity characterizes the play and throws into relief its deft allegory: the folly of man's hatreds and jealousies and the thoughtlessness which makes them possible.

At the prompting of a tragic muse, two shepherds interrupt a harlequinade, innocently kill each other, and the harlequinade continues unaffected. An intensely effective play of universal appeal.

Womberang by Sue Townsend

Rita                                                    Diana Zuger

Clerk                                        Caroline Weisskoph

Dolly                                                   Joy Scherer

Mrs Conelly                                     Doreen Richter

Mrs Lovett                                        Barbara Clark

James                                         Oscar Baldomero

Audrey                                        Helen Baldomero

Lynda                                                    Lisa Nixon

Mrs Cornwallis                                Barbara Haener

Mr Riley                                               Brian Acton

Directed by Muriel Taylor

It is the afternoon gynaecology clinic and an assortment of patients sit in a grim hospital room waiting their turn to see the consultant. Into their midst comes Rita Onions, divorcee and one-time patient in a mental home. Her temerity, verve and energy, combined with a complete lack of respect for authority, dradually spreads an infectious, joyous anarchy throughout the patients.

Venue: Schönes Haus, Nadelberg, Basel

13/14/20/21 November 1987




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