Bonjour Citygaragistes,

This weekend, for our City Garage Classic, we have another show from deep in the archives, “The Presidents” by Werner Schwab, which we did in 2000. There’s only one angle and its vintage, but quite enjoyable. And on our web series “Animal Farm: Conversations on Theater and Politics with Steven Leigh Morris and Guests,” Steven talks with Martha Demson, Artistic Director of Open Fist, about the legislative push to amend AB5 to help non-profits. Here is a link to talk show:

https://citygarage.org/animalfarm/

And here is a little about “The Presidents”

Cast: Maureen Byrnes, Katharina Lejona, Cynthia Mance, Eileen O’Connell, Veronica Valentine, Erin Vincent

From Backstage West by Michael Green

“In the grimly hilarious vision of Austrian playwright Werner Schwab, mankind starts rotten and has no chance of redemption because life offers nothing but barren mass delusions and pathetic ego-centric fantasies, condemning humanity to wallow in a world filled by sex, violence, and shit, vulnerable to the false promises of Nazism whistling invitingly from the wings. This first (1990) major play hadn’t yet perfected Schwab’s trademark mangling of language that reduces communication to incoherence or lacerating assault, but already vivid is his degraded, hideously cruel and stupid humanity, whose exchanges produce only pain and rage.

In the grimly hilarious vision of Austrian playwright Werner Schwab, mankind starts rotten and has no chance of redemption because life offers nothing but barren mass delusions and pathetic ego-centric fantasies, condemning humanity to wallow in a world filled by sex, violence, and shit, vulnerable to the false promises of Nazism whistling invitingly from the wings. This first (1990) major play hadn’t yet perfected Schwab’s trademark mangling of language that reduces communication to incoherence or lacerating assault, but already vivid is his degraded, hideously cruel and stupid humanity, whose exchanges produce only pain and rage.”
Adult language.

It will be showing on our City Garage YouTube channel from 8:00pm this Friday, May 7, through noon on Friday, May 14th.
https://www.youtube.com/c/citygaragetheatre
It’s free to view but we ask people to make a donation if they can through our Chuffed page or at “Support Us” on our website:

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Merci to all of you who have sent donations and supported us during this difficult last year. We love you. Stay safe, get your vaccines, and we hope to see you again soon.

Love,

Frederique

Cynthia Mance ; photo: Paul Rubenstein
(Left to right, Maureen Byrnes, Cynthia Mance, Veronica Valentine; photo: Paul Rubenstein