UTC Theatre Company Presents The Arsonists Sept. 26-30

Friday, September 15, 2017

UTC Theatre Company will present The Arsonists, Sept. 26-30.  In the Max Frisch play, ordinary citizen Gottlieb Biedermann finds himself playing host to unwanted house guests who act suspiciously like the arsonists who are burning down homes in his city.   

“I love that this play is absurd and funny while still being political and philosophical,” Director Steve Ray says. “In the world of the play, arsonists are burning down the city by conniving their way into homes and burning them down.  Our main character says he could never fall prey to such obvious villains, but his politeness and guilt causes him to be more gullible than he can imagine.” 

The new translation by Alistair Beaton featured Benedict Cumberbatch in the original London production.  Mr. Ray says he is proud of the students who are bringing this show to life at UTC. “I think the actors are having fun playing with absurd types—the evil arsonists, the bourgeois home owner, the grieving widow, the canny maid. The chorus of firefighters are really interesting.  To me, they represent the structures that society creates to protect its citizens. What they find is that it is really hard to protect someone from themselves.”   

Commenting on the deeper themes of author Max Frisch, Mr. Ray says, “This play is about the consequences of letting bad or evil ideas into our world. When the play was first performed in Germany after WWII, it had a lot to say about the Nazis.  The play still seems timely today.  Many of us feel like our friends on the opposite end of the political spectrum from us are embracing bad ideas that could have disastrous consequences for our country.” 

UTC Theatre Company presents The Arsonists in the Dorothy Hackett Ward Theatre, in UTC’s Fine Arts Center, at the corner of Vine and Palmetto. The show will run Sept. 26-30 at 7:30 p.m. with an additional 2 p.m. matinee on Sept. 30. Tickets can be purchased at the Fine Arts Center box office by phone at 425-4269 or in person. Tickets are also available to purchase at utc.edu/finearts. Tickets are $12 general admission and $10 for students and seniors.  

UTC Theatre Company’s production of The Arsonists features:
Cast: Madeline Franklin-Dean, Zaniah Harris, Brianna Jones, Matthew Kidwell, Sammy Mai, Meg Phinney, Marquez Pierce, Mary Ripley, Tate Runyon, Alex Smith, Jonathan Stegmann, Cooper Tidwell, Linsey Watkins, Mikki White 
Director: Steve Ray
Technical Direction: John Burgess
Scene Designer: Adam Miecielica
Lighting Designer: Reid Austin
Costume Designer: Kim Davis
Stage Manager: Josiah Motok

Barnett & Company Masterworks Series Features Piazzolla's Four Seasons Sept. 27

Barnett & Company Masterworks Series features Piazzolla's Four Seasons on Thursday, Sept. 27, at 7:30 p.m. at the Tivoli Theatre.  Kayoko Dan will be the conductor with Eduardo Rios on violin. Tickets are $15-$56 and  available here .  Review for Piazzolla's Four Season:  A tribute to Hispanic Heritage Month, the CSO brings Latin ... (click for more)

Bill And Eli Perras Play At Charles And Myrtle's Saturday

Bill and Eli Perras, American Troubadours, will play at Charles and Myrtle's Coffeehouse on Saturday at 8 p.m. The coffeehouse is inside Christ Unity Church at 105 McBrien Road. There is a $10 suggested donation at the door.  Review for Bill and Eli Perras: Imagine George Burns and Gracie Allen as a couple of sweet old hippies, and you have a start on what to expect ... (click for more)

Mother Of 15-Year-Old Killed By His Father Said McElrath Had Been Acting "Manic"

The mother of a 15-year-old boy who was killed by his father said Michael McElrath had been acting "manic" in the days leading up to the tragic incident in Hixson on Aug. 18. Judge Alex McVeigh bound a charge of criminal homicide against McElrath, a former jail officer, to the Grand Jury. He is charged in the death of Dylan McElrath, who was a sophomore at Hixson High School. ... (click for more)

Fire Causes $250,000 In Damage To Home On Signal Mountain

Fire damaged a home on Signal Mountain late Tuesday night. At  11:18 p.m., firefighters from Walden’s Ridge Emergency Services (WRES) responded to a house fire on 5011 Anderson Pike. When the first engine arrived on the scene, they reported two vehicles and a portion of the house were on fire. WRES immediately requested a mutual aid response for supporting fire ... (click for more)

Arming Teachers With Guns Will Be Too Dangerous - And Response (3)

Arming teachers with guns in the classroom, as Bill Lee proposes, would be the single most dangerous thing to happen to students in Tennessee history. Students and teachers in close proximity to loaded firearms daily? Across this state, in middle schools alone, there are probably hundreds of student/teacher conflicts a day. What if a student got hold of gun in a struggle with ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Who Is This ‘New Voice’?

It’s easy for me to say that I either know, or know about, almost every person running in November for the state legislature. Yet when I describe Lemon Williams as the most exciting of the bunch, that’s because he's the only guy I had never heard of when he picked up his qualifying papers. He just turned out the best political aspirant I have had a conversation with in the last ... (click for more)