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K-State Today

October 4, 2017



The drama 'The Arsonists' being presented by K-State Theatre at the Mark A. Chapman Theatre

By Courtney Nance

Kansas State University's School of Music, Theatre, and Dance will present "The Arsonists" at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 5-7 and 12-14, and 2:30 p.m. Oct. 15, in the Mark A. Chapman Theatre.

The play, a drama by Max Frisch and translated by Alistair Beaton, is the story of community member Gottlieb Biedermann who believes nothing can upset his good fortune, until fires begin to plague the city. The story heats up when Biedermann takes in two houseguests who begin storing drums of gasoline in the attic.

"The Arsonists" is directed by Jennifer Vellenga, associate professor and theatre program director.

Tickets are $16 for general public; $14 for seniors, military, faculty and staff; and $11 for students and youth. They can be purchased online at the K-State Theatre and Dance box office at k-state.edu/mtd/tickets, or by phone at 785-236-8638. Tickets also may be purchased one hour before showtime in the performance venue. All tickets, regardless of purchase method, are free from convenience fees, and sales tax is included.

The following Kansas State University students are in the cast and crew of "The Arsonists":

Grant Rogers, senior in theatre, Clyde, Firefighter/Chorus; Nich Elliott, freshman in biology and gerontology, Eudora, Firefighter/Chorus.

From Greater Kansas City: Chelsea Turner, junior in American ethnic studies, Kansas City, as Billie Eisenring; Sam Neel, sophomore in theatre, Lenexa, as Doctor of Philosophy/Chorus; and Kaitlyn Burns, freshman in theatre, Overland Park, as Anna, the maid.

Kaitlin Kirby, senior in theatre, Hutchinson, stage manager.

From Manhattan: Trace Campbell, sophomore in theatre, assistant director; Clay Massingill, senior in theatre, as Gottlieb Biedermann; Alicia Monceaux, senior in theatre, as Mrs. Knechtling/Chorus; Cody O'Hare, senior in theatre, as Leader of Firefighters; Brigid Reilly, senior in theatre and secondary education-English, as Babette Biedermann; and Aaron Rojas, senior in theatre, as Firefighter/Chorus.

Gage Stielau, junior in theatre, Syracuse, as Policeman/Chorus; Michael Duncan, sophomore in theatre, Topeka, as Josef Schmitz; and Ceslie Parker-Waller, sophomore in theatre, Wichita, as Firefighter/Chorus.

From out of state: Olivia Carter, sophomore in theatre, Thiensville, Wisconsin, as Firefighter/Chorus.