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‘The Empire Builders’ to open theatre season

A production of Boris Vian's “The Empire Builders” will open the Bartlett Theatre season on Friday, Oct. 13.

The cast includes Jamie Agnello '07 as Mug, Sarah Walsh '07 as Mother, Julius Ferraro '08 as Father, Hallie Martenson '09 as Zenobia, Steve Owens '09 as Neighbor, and Peter Marciano '08 as The Schmurz. Norah Scheinmann '09 will be the Stage Manager, and the production is being directed by Robert F. Gross of the HWS theatre faculty.

Tickets will be available at the Bartlett Theatre box office in Coxe Hall, half an hour before the 7 p.m. curtain.

The play tells the story of a family that flees a mysterious noise, each time moving to a higher floor in their apartment building, and to a smaller and shabbier apartment, though they pretend that nothing's wrong.

In each apartment, they find a mysterious creature called The Schmurz, silent and covered in bandages who becomes the object of the parents' rage. As the situation grows more desperate, so does The Schmurz, it seems.

“The Empire Builders” premiered in Paris in 1959 and quickly became successful on stages across Europe. By turns comic and disturbing, it is considered a masterpiece of the Theatre of the absurd. Vian, a jazz musician, was also the author of the novels “Mood Indigo,” “Autumn in Peking,” and “I Spit on Your Graves.”