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Theresia Walser

A Little Calm before the Storm

German Stage
Sunday, December 2, 2012, 7:00 pm
Goethe-Institut Boston
170 Beacon Street, Boston
In English
Tickets: $10 / $5 students
Info: +1 (617) 262-6050 or
info@boston.goethe.org
© Anya Vedmid
© Anya Vedmid


SYNOPSIS: Thomas Bernhard's Histrionics meets Bernd Eichinger's The Downfall: Three actors are preparing for a panel discussion about the portrayability of Hitler. Since the host hasn't arrived yet, they chat on an empty stage about their profession and hit on a basic problem right away: Is the stage really empty? Isn't it already occupied with questions before anyone ever enters? Two of the men have already played Hitler, the third only Goebbels so far, but all this was for the big screen. Would the theater make different demands on them? Hitler was a real person after all, and theater is obliged to depict reality, isn't it? Culture war erupts and rages in an almost fundamentalist way between the old "con of naturalism" and today's "radical pack" who prefer to stuff their shows with video and trashy music. In the midst of their conversation, the three gentlemen become aware how deeply they've fallen into the theater trap. Because actually they were to have this conversation later, in the presence of an audience....

© Walser
THERESIA WALSER
(born in 1967 in Friedrichshafen) was an actress and had her debut as a dramatist in 1997. Her play King Kongs Töchter (1998) was a considerable success and has had more than twenty productions. Theresia Walser was voted Best Upcoming Playwright 1998 and Best Playwright in 1999 in the critics’ poll of the magazine Theater heute. She has been given numerous awards and grants, amongst them the Förderpreis des Schiller-Gedächtnis-Preises 1998 and the BHF-Bank-Foundation’s Grant 2006.

While in Boston, Theresia Walser will lead seminars with theater students at A.R.T. Institute and MIT Theater Arts.

FEATURING:

JEREMIAH KISSEL
is a thirty year veteran of Boston’s professional theaters and has played leading roles for The Huntington, American Repertory Theater, Merrimack Rep, as well as The Lyric Stage, New Rep, Commonwealth Shakespeare and various out of town companies when they passed through Boston. He has won several Norton and IRNE awards, and is the recipient of Boston’s highest theater honor, the 2003 Norton Prize for Sustained Excellence.

JOHNNY LEE DAVENPORT
has appeared locally in Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing, and Love’s Labour’s Lost (Actors’ Shakespeare Project); A Midsummer Night’s Dream and As You Like It (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company); A House With No Walls (New Repertory Theatre); Richard III and A Raisin in the Sun (Trinity Repertory Company); and The Winter’s Tale, Richard III, Hamlet, Henry IV Part I, King Lear, Macbeth, Twelfth Night, and many others (Shakespeare and Company). With Stratford Shakespeare Festival (Canada) he has appeared in King Lear,Twelfth Night, Oedipus, and The Critic. Other regional theatre credits include productions at Yale Repertory Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Goodman Theatre, Court Theatre, Seattle’s A Contemporary Theatre, Tennessee Shakespeare Company, Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre Company, and others.

TED HEWLETT
is a trained expert in theatrical combat. He has served as Fight Director for plays, operas, and television productions in New York City, Los Angeles, Boston, and Cleveland. His directing credits include Stone Monkey Banished, Macbeth, Richard III, Tartuffe, Dragonwings, and The Pirates of Penzance among many others. Mr. Hewlett's performance credits include Hook, Tri-Star Pictures; Mathis der Maler, New York City Opera; Army of Darkness, Universal pictures, and Shogun, the original Broadway production in New York City. He is a Faculty Member and Senior Artist-in-Residence at Emerson College.

GUY BEN-AHARON (Director/Producer)
, born in Israel, is the Producing Artistic Director and Founder of Israeli Stage, an initiative to bring Israeli theatre to American audiences. Guy is also the Sole Proprietor and President of GBA Productions LLC, a commercial entity that is dedicated to producing theatrical ventures which produced Cupcake, a new musical in May, 2012. He has directed and produced eight plays for Israeli Stage; of those eight plays: one world premiere, four American premieres, and three regional premieres. Most recently for German Stage, Guy directed Voltaire and Frederick: A Life in Letters. Guy is a proud Emerson College alum where he was the Waldman Award recipient for an exceptional promise for a career in theater.

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