A Children’s Nightmare
in gleeful, physical verse.
Intruders stalk the darkness
round a family’s lonesome hut.
Two young children
try to save their parents
from a nasty killer’s knife.
Medieval German Fairground Kabuki
“The steel is hard, the flesh is soft!“
NIGHT WITH GUESTS
by Peter Weiss
New York International Fringe Festival
Mary C. Davis* Mel House*
Ethan Angelica* David Logan Rankin*
Evan Zes* Jack Herholdt*
Juan Herrera on Percussion
*Members of Actors Equity Association of America
An Equity Approved Showcase
Stage Management by Maxwell Waters
Translation by Laurence Dobie
Designs by Suzanne Savoy
Directed by Bill Burford
Night with Guests represents the turning point
for one of the great artists of our time:
painter, filmmaker, and writer Peter Weiss.
This largely unknown one-act “study”, written
in January of 1963, moved him from the
introspection of his early plays
– surreal, psychological, detached –
into the rough-hewn, explosively theatrical
engagement of street performance.
Night with Guests opened the gates for Weiss
to become the guy who one year later would
challenge the whole world with Marat/Sade.
While drawing on the delights of Kabuki,
Punch & Judy, and fairground performances,
Weiss also called this little play a morität,
a tale of dread and murder,
like those sung by street performers in
central Europe since the 15th Century.
Produced with the gracious support of
NYC’s Materials for the Arts, the TDF Costume Collection
the John Drew Theater of Guild Hall, East Hampton – Josh Gladstone, Artistic Director
and through the donations of interested individuals like you.
Night with Guests is a Sponsored Project of Fractured Atlas.