The Department of Visual and Performing Arts at St. Gregory’s University will debut its production of The Firebugs on Thursday February 16, at 8 p.m. in the Sarkeys Performing Arts Center. The production will run through Sunday, February 19.

The performance will be a new kind of theatrical experience, a type of play that the audience will likely have never seen or heard of before.

The Firebugs was written by Max Frisch and translated by Mordecai Gorelik. The main characters are Gottlieb and Babette Biedermann, a couple who lives in fear of the threat of fires in their city caused by arsonists. When an unexpected visitor shows up at the Biedermann’s door, they are faced with a decision between self-preservation and a confrontation with evil. This classic production still speaks volumes today.

“This production is in the style of ‘Theatre of the Absurd,’ which was a post-war trend in theatre that used bizarre scenarios to critique prevailing ideas,” said Dr. David Coley, Director of Theatre. “The audience will laugh at how ridiculous the situation becomes but will be surprised by how meaningful it can be at the same time.”

The production will premiere on Thursday, February 16 at 8 p.m., Friday, February 17 at 8 p.m., Saturday, February 18 at 8 p.m., and Sunday, February 19 at 3 p.m.