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Theatre Cafe: Plays Three

Theatre Cafe: Plays Three

Holger Schober, Zoë Svendsen, Ingmar Villqist

Oberon Books

The third volume in the successful Theatre Café series contains three contemporary European plays in English translation. All fairly short two-handers, the plays make a great volume for teachers and students looking for suitable material to work on in schools, colleges, and youth theatre groups. The volume contains:

Clyde and Bonnie by Holger Schober (Translated by Zoe Svendsen)

Mothers, hide your children! Fathers, hide your savings! Clyde and Bonnie are back in town! A brief synopsis of what happened before: Clyde, whose real name is Werner, and Bonnie, which is her real name—parents can be so cruel—meet each other, fall in love, and start robbing banks. On the occasion of their 10th bank robbery, Bonnie gets shot and killed. Clyde takes refuge in a bar and is actually still sitting there. So much for part one. But what Clyde did not know is that he and Bonnie have a daughter, who is now 16 and somehow feels that she doesn't fit in with the family she lives with. She doesn't know that they are her foster family. If the first part of the play was a love story, then the second is the story of a father and a daughter: An evening about responsibility, love and also about how to stay cool when the cops are hot on your heels.  The play won the Austrian Theatre for Young People award ‘Stella’ in two categories (including best production in Theatre for Young People), 2009.

Helver’s Night by Ingmar Villqist (Translated from the Polish by Jacek Laskowski)

Helver’s Night is an expressionist drama about the relationship between Carla and her young charge, Helver. Helver is fascinated by fascism—not by the ideology, which he is unable to grasp, but by the show-off aspects of the movement. In the end he becomes a victim of this fascination.

Busstopkisser by Ralf N.Höhfeld (Translated from the German by Vanessa Fagan)

A boy. A girl. A bus stop. 18 Kisses over 18 months. Coffee and conversation by candlelight, a picnic under the Eiffel Tower. Then the girl vanishes. But was she ever really there? Can anyone without an email address or mobile phone actually be real? A funny, unusual take on the classic boy-meets-girl scenario, Busstopkisser takes the audience on a mind-bending tweet-sized journey through adolescent romance.

Zoë Svendsen is a theatre maker, dividing her time between translation, directing and research.

Holger Schober was born 1976 in Graz. He studied acting at the Max Reinhardt Seminar in Vienna and subsequently began his training in cultural management. Holger Schober is an author, actor, and director. He has been writing plays and screenplays since 1997. In 2000, he co-founded, with Dana Csapo, the Theater Kinetis, and starting in 2005, they both became part of the artistic directors’ team of the Theater an der Gumpendorfer Straße in Vienna. Between 2009 and 2011, Schober managed and directed the theatre for young audiences at the Landestheater Linz, as well as, since 2009, the Wiener Klassenzimmertheater (classroom theatre).

Ingmar Villqist is a literary pseudonym used by Jaroslaw Swierszcz, a playwright, art historian, professor at Warsaw's Academy of Fine Arts and creator of the non-institutional Kriket theatre in Chorzów. Villqist's plays are clearly marked by psychological influences, and his style of theatrical writing could be described as Scandinavian.

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