Art Alert: Absurdist play 'The Arsonists' to show at AUC New Cairo

Ahram Online, Monday 11 Nov 2013

The American University in Cairo's Malak Gabr Arts Theatre will put on an adaptation of Max Frisch's 'The Arsonists' from 20-27 November in New Cairo

The American University in Cairo's new campus (Photo: Archives)

As Egyptians await a new draft constitution, questions of morality in business and social life abound. With that, the American University in Cairo's theatre department will present 'The Arsonists,' a play by Max Frisch, at the Malak Gabr Arts Theatre between 20 and 27 November.

The classic absurdist play, subtitled A Morality Play without a Moral, was written in 1953 for German radio after the Nazi regime and World War II, showing how regular citizens can be enticed to do evil.

The play is set in a nameless country, in a non-specified time, allowing for all audiences to relate to its themes. 'The Arsonists' shows how societal weakness and apathy, in addition to the greed of some, can allow evil to take over. The main character, a business man named Biedermann, lives a double life as a moral family man and a corrupt, brutal business man. The plot unfolds in a time of civil unrest, as arsonists set fire to buildings in a manner that is both scattered and focused at the same time.

AUC's production is directed by Frank Bradely and will play throughout the last week of November.

20, 21, 24, 25, 27 November at 6pm and 26 November at 5pm
Malak Gabr Arts Theatre
American University in Cairo, New Cairo

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