‘Biedermann and the Firebugs’ opens Nov. 3 at WFU

The Wake Forest University Theatre will present, “Biedermann and the Firebugs,” on Nov. 3-4 and 8-12.

The show’s protagonist, Gottlieb Biedermann, is a hair tonic mogul who is terrified of the arsonists who have plagued his town. Yet, ignoring the warnings of a chorus of firefighters, he allows two strangers to talk their way into his house and pack it with explosives. He placates the strangers with a lavish meal and even assists, not realizing what he’s doing, as they measure the fuses.

The firefighters will rush through the audience to try to ferret out the arsonists. The cast will also involve the audience in other surprising ways using slapstick humor and a “Keystone Cops” performance style.

“Biedermann and the Firebugs” is a caustic political parable. Both funny and provocative, the show’s timing just as the presidential election nears provides an ideal backdrop.

Wake Forest’s production will use the Mordecai Gorelik translation of Max Frisch’s comedy.

Brook Davis, a visiting assistant professor of acting, directs the cast of 15 students.

Set designer Doug Brown, resident technical director, designed the multi-level Biedermann house. Costume Shop Manager Lisa Weller designed the wardrobe for the cast. Theatre professor Jonathan Christman designed the lighting for the show. Junior Matthew Fuller makes his sound design debut.

Performances will be held at 8 p.m. on Nov. 3-4 and 8-11. A Nov. 12 matinee will begin at 2 p.m.

Tickets are available at the box office weekdays from noon to 5 p.m., and at the ticket window one hour before performances. Credit card orders may be made by phone at 758-5295. Single ticket prices are $12 for adults and $5 for students.

The Wake Forest Theatre is also selling season tickets for two other upcoming Mainstage productions. This year’s season will include “Off the Map” by Joan Ackerman and “School for Scandal” by Richard Sheridan. Season tickets cost $36 for adults, $15 for students and $30 for senior citizens.

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