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Thomas Arzt: Chirping Hill (Grillenparz)

Zeitgeist: New Playwrights from Austria, Germany and Switzerland

Staged Reading
Monday, 25 June 2012, 7 pm
Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Court NW
No charge
+1 (202) 895-6776
(c) Thomas Arzt
(c) Thomas Arzt
On "Chirping Hill" (Grillenparz), 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. 

“Early morning horror in Bambiland.” – Georg Petermichl,

“Young playwright Thomas Arzt takes a nasty look at staring and looking away, at structures of power and derailment.“ – Oberösterreichische Nachrichten

Translated by Neil Blackadder.

Directed by Jenny Lord, Resident Assistant Director, The Shakespeare Theatre Company

A discussion follows with Thomas Arzt.

Thomas Arzt (b. 1983) won several young playwrights’ prizes for his first play, Chirping Hill, which premiered at the Vienna Schauspielhaus and focuses on the question of urban disconnection from nature and homeland. He has attended young writers programs in Hamburg, Heidelberg and Berlin. Arzt’s new play, Alpenvorland, a tragicomedy about living between countryside and city, just won the “Author’s Award” at the 2012 Heidelberg Stückemarkt.

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Presented by the Austrian Cultural Forum Washington and the Shakespeare Theatre Company

Founded in 2001 as an autonomous branch of the Austrian Embassy, the Austrian Cultural Forum Washington presents Austrian and European-related cultural events, with a particular emphasis on contemporary, innovative artistic and scientific achievements in Washington DC, and on themes that represent common ground between the United States and Austria within the context of Europe.

Shakespeare Theatre CompanyRecipient of the 2012 Regional Theatre Tony Award®, the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, D.C., has dedicated itself to becoming the nation's premier classic theatre. By focusing on works with profound themes, complex characters and heightened language written by Shakespeare, his contemporaries and those playwrights he influenced, the Shakespeare Theatre Company brings to vibrant life groundbreaking, thought-provoking and eminently accessible classic theatre in a uniquely American style.

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