The Visit by Friedrich Dürrenmatt
Woodinville High School Theatre Company is excited to present Friedrich Dürrenmatt’s dark tragi-comedy The Visit. This chilling absurdist play,
about a town that sells its soul for a fortune, poses the very current question: can justice be bought? Performances are January 26 and 27 and February 2 and 3, 2018,
at 7:00 pm, in the Woodinville High School Theater.
The Visit takes place in the small, destitute town of Guellen, "somewhere in Central Europe." A middle-aged millionairess, Claire Zachanassian, returns to her hometown of
Guellen, after an absence of many years. Upon her arrival, she promises the town and its people her millions, potentially returning the impoverished town to prominence and
prosperity. However, there is a fiendish condition attached to her donation which the natives of Guellen realize only after they have become enmeshed in her vengeful plot.
Out of these elements, Dürrenmatt has crafted a complex and compelling play that is combination macabre parable, a deeply moving tragedy, and a scathing indictment of the power of greed.
The cast is comprised of 28 of Woodinville High School’s Advanced Acting and Play Production students, including seniors Torquil Carmichael, Kira Fontana, Sophia Hall, Kathryn Lampe, Sonja Marcus, Leah Matthews, Derek Mulkins, Kate Sapek, Kayin Thompson and Ethan Yee; juniors Vivian Balasu, Freya Benson, Lily Benson, Hans Blomberg, Asher Faamoe,
Trevor Harrison, Andrew Kinsfather, Aaron Leatherman, Grace Lewis, Gerry Noy, Cole Parker, Hailey Smith, Madeline Smith, Nolan Spencer, Max Stember, Mesgana Teklu and Preston
Ventrella; sophomores Chris Dembo and Nicole McMillan and freshman Edie Ventrella.
The set, which features a slice of the town of Guellen, incorporates German Expressionist elements reminiscent of the 1930s in central Europe, making the setting seem somewhat
cold and calculated. Crews of students from the WHS Technical Theatre program handle the technical aspects of the show, from set building and lighting to publicity. Senior technical
theatre students include: Tristian Scott (Stage Manager), Alec Savoye (Assistant Stage Manager), Torquil Carmichael and Courtney Holleman (Paint), Courtney Holleman, Rebekah Kamer
and Lily Gearhart (Costumes), Paige Henderson and Deirdre Gertz (Props), and Sonja Marcus (House Manager).
The show is directed, designed and produced by Josh Butchart, with support from Steve Cooper (Lights), Nathaniel Gibbs (Sound), Marsha Stueckle (Costumes) and Katharina Muller
(Producer) and the Woodinville Drama Boosters, led by Susan Lampe.