Play Strindberg

By Friedrich Dürrenmatt
November 6, 2011, 1pm*

Cutting Ball opens the Hidden Classics Reading Series with Play Strindberg, Friedrich Dürrenmatt’s adaptation of August Strindberg’s The Dance of Death. This searing portrait of marriage, a tight, gripping three-person play, finds a man and a woman who can not live without each other but without the help of their mutual friend might wind up killing each other.

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*Remember: the clocks turn back this weekend! Be sure to change your watch so that you arrive at the right time.


Friedrich Dürrenmatt (Playwright) was born in Switzerland in 1921, Dürrenmatt was a influential avant-garde, tragic-comic writer of the mid 20th century. His other writing includes plays such as The Visit, Romulus The Great, It is Written, and The Physicist, as well as numerous novellas and short stories. He died in 1990.

Bennett Fisher (Director) serves as Cutting Ball’s Literary Manager, and directed The Insect Play for last year’s Hidden Classics. An actor, writer, dramaturg, and director, he has collaborated with Campo Santo, Adirondack Shakespeare Company, Marin Shakespeare Company, CalShakes, Bread and Water, Brava, NCTC, No Nude Men, Pear Ave. Theatre, Threshold Theatre (associate artist), AtmosTheatre (associate artist), and many others. He is a founding director of both the San Francisco Theater Pub and Flying Island Theater Lab. He is currently appearing in Cutting Ball’s Pelleas & Melisande, for which he is also the dramaturg.

Derek Fischer (Kurt) is currently performing in Cutting Ball’s production of Pelleas & Melisande, after appearing in The Bald Soprano in 2009 and The Insect Play as part of last season’s Hidden Classics Reading Series. Derek has worked with numerous companies throughout the Bay Area including: Berkeley Rep, Cal Shakes, Pianofight, and the Bay One Acts Festival. Favorite productions include: Of Mice and Men, The White Plague, Who’s Happy Now, The Bald Soprano, and The Pond. He feels fortunate to have found a home here in the Bay Area after moving down from Ashland, Oregon two years ago.

Sarah Moser (Alice) is thrilled to be part of Play Strindberg. She previously had the time of her life in Cutting Ball’s reading of The Insect Play. Bay Area credits include The Lily’s Revenge at Magic Theatre, You, Nero at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Almost, Maine at California Conservatory Theatre, Peaches En Regalia with Wily West. This year, she appeared in both the Bay One-Acts Festival and in SF Theater Pub’s Pint-Sized Play Festival in plays written by Megan Cohen. Understudy credits include Taming of the Shrew at CalShakes and Tiny Kushner at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre. She has trained at Studio A.C.T. and at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.

Brian Trybom (Edgar) is very happy to be working with Cutting Ball. He has also worked with; Marin Shakespeare Company, No Nude Men, The New Conservatory Theater Center, San Jose Rep., Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Boxcar Theater and Theater Pub, among others. Next he will be appearing in True West, and Fool For Love, with Boxcar Theater.