The world may be starting to burn, but Biedermann has it all under control. He's a respected member of his community with a loving wife and a flourishing business, so surely the arsonists will spare him. As an upstanding citizen, he’s even happy to do his civic duty by opening his home to two new guests… but when they start filling his attic with drums of gasoline, will he end up starting the fire himself?
Written as a reflection on the rise of both Nazism and Communism, The Arsonists has uncanny new relevance today in light of the rise of populist nationalism around the globe. For Woolly’s incendiary take on Max Frisch’s classic political drama, artistic director Howard Shalwitz will be making his long-awaited return to the Woolly stage as Biedermann. Directed by company member Michael John Garcés and starring company members Kimberly Gilbert, Tim Getman, and Emily Townley, The Arsonists will light the fuse on the theater’s 38th season.