February 07, 2007

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LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Bucknell University department of theatre and dance will present "The Firebugs," Feb. 16 through 19, at 8 p.m. in the Tustin Studio Theatre.

Max Frisch's satire tells the story of Biedermann, a well-to-do "Everyman" whose outrage over a string of arsons ironically leads him to invite the perpetrators to his own home. 

A classical Greek chorus of firemen assist in Frisch's eccentric parable which comments on the political climate that led to the rise of Nazism in the '30s.

This 'morality tale without a moral' goes beyond that, however, seizing upon all those who — paralyzed by indecision — rationalize in the face of inevitable catastrophe. It is raucously funny yet starkly chilling.

"The Firebugs" is directed by Bucknell senior Jon Ginn, of Wellsboro. According to Ginn, the Tustin Theatre production will have an environmental orientation. "The set design isn't your run-of-the-mill proscenium set-up, but rather an elaborate 360 degree set consisting of catwalks, fire poles, ladders, and the like.

"The show also will involve 13 student actors and set design by Bucknell senior Christopher North, of Lewisburg," he said.

Tickets are $8 for general admission, $6 for senior citizens and students with I.D. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Weis Center Box Office, by calling 570-577-1000, online at www.bucknell.edu/boxoffice or at the door one hour prior to each performance.

Posted Feb. 7, 2007