English & Modern Foreign Languages Presents The Visit

News Story: February 28, 2007

The Department of English and Modern Foreign Languages Presents 

The Visit

By Friedrich Duerrenmatt 

Thursday - Sunday at the Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts 

Free Admission

The Department of English and Modern Foreign Languages invites you to attend its mainstage production of Friedrich Duerrenmatt’s internationally acclaimed drama, The Visit, Thursday-Sunday (February 22-25) at the Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts. Admission is free and open to the public. Show times are 8pm Thursday-Saturday and 2pm Sunday.

The Visit finds the citizens of Gullen, a small, bankrupt European town, eagerly awaiting the return of one of their own, Claire Zachanassian, now the richest person the world. The townsfolk hope that Claire will bail them out of abject poverty with her billions. Zachanassian, who, as a young woman, was corruptly and unjustly driven out of Gullen in disgrace, will grant their wish on one condition- if they kill Anton Schill, the man who long ago disgraced her and who is now the town’s leading citizen. When the townspeople initially refuse her offer, she patiently tells them: “I can wait.”

The Visit premiered on Broadway in 1958 starring Alfred Lunt and Lynne Fontanne under Peter Brook’s direction and has been revived on the Great White Way in 1973, under Harold Prince’s direction and again in 1992 starring Jane Alexander and Harris Yulin.

The production features a cast and crew of 18 students and runs approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes.  Admission is free and requires no reservations. Please join us for a provocative and entertaining performance.