Max Frisch and The Arsonists: Aurora Theatre Company discussion at Berkeley Public Library

March 25, 2013

Contact: Debbie Carton 510-981-6139


The Berkeley Public Library welcomes back Aurora Theatre Company for “Max Frisch and Remembering to Be A Citizen”, on Monday, April 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 2090 Kittredge at Shattuck, in the 3rd floor Community Meeting Room. Join Michael Mansfield (Education Director, Aurora Theatre Company and Faculty Lecturer, UC Berkeley, Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies) for an interactive discussion celebrating Swiss playwright Max Frisch and his 1958 classic The Arsonists. Timeless topics of politics, silence, evil, class warfare, and the inability to act invite us to adjust our moral compass and conscience, whether it's 1948 during the Communist takeover of Czechoslovakia, 1953 in a radio-play called Mr. Biedermann and the Arsonists, 1958 in a play called The Arsonists, or 2013 as we reflect on our world and our lives today. An evening to celebrate words, this free program is presented in conjunction with Aurora Theatre Company's freshly mounted production of Bay Area Writer-Director Mark Jackson's The Arsonists in a rousing translation by Alistair Beaton. For more information about The Arsonists at Aurora Theatre Company, visit the website: This free event is sponsored by the Friends of the Library ( For more information, call 510-981-6139 or visit

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