NY INTERNATIONAL FRINGE FESTIVAL TO PRESENT ”DIRT”/”DRECK”
NY INTERNATIONAL FRINGE FESTIVAL TO PRESENT
U.S. PREMIERE OF DIRT,
A EUROPEAN AWARD-WINNING SOLO PLAY ABOUT RACISM
New York, NY – The 11th annual New York International Fringe Festival and
Dreck Productions are proud to present the U.S. Premiere of Dirt, the
acclaimed European award-winning one-man show written by Robert Schneider,
directed by David Robinson and performed by Christopher Domig. Performances
run from August 10 – 22, 2007 at The Players Theatre Loft Space (115
MacDougal St.) in NYC.
Dirt was the most frequently performed solo show in Austria, Germany and
Switzerland in the 1990’s. The influential German theatre magazine
Theaterheute awarded Robert Schneider Best New Playwright Of The Year (1993)
for Dirt. The play centers on Sad, an illegal immigrant from Iraq, who sells
roses on the streets to make ends meet. He is charming, cynical, humorous,
violent and sad. Although he loves the English language and American culture
he misses his homeland. As Sad continues to talk it becomes increasingly
clear that he has a love-hate relationship with himself, his heritage and
the western world he currently lives in. Haunting and compelling, Dirt is a
telling story about racism and the havoc it wreaks on the human spirit.
Dirt (“Dreck”), written by Austrian Playwright Robert Schneider, premiered
in 1992 in Vienna, where it was performed in German, its original language.
In 1993, Dirt premiered in Hamburg, Germany at the Thalia Theater and was
awarded the Dramatist’s Prize at the “Potsdam Theater Days”, selected by the
jury as the “best contemporary stage work.” Schneider’s first novel Schlafes
Bruder (“Brother of Sleep”) was published in 1992 and immediately became a
worldwide success, with translations into 24 languages. He received numerous
awards including the Premio Grinzane Cavour (the most important literary
prize in Italy for foreign-language literature) and the Prix Médicis (Paris,
Austrian/American actor Christopher Domig grew up in Salzburg, Austria.
Director David Robinson is based in Seattle and has served as the Artistic Director of The Dimensions
Theatre Project and General Manager of The Seattle Shakespeare Company.
Dirt is translated by Paul Dvorak, a professor at Virginia Commonwealth
University who teaches German language, literature and culture.
PERFORMANCE INFO: The Players Theatre Loft Space at 115 MacDougal Street
between West 3rd St. & Minetta Lane in NYC. Performances run from August 10
– 22, 2007 on FRI 8/10 at 10:45pm, SAT 8/11 at 3:15pm, FRI 8/17 at 8pm, SAT
8/18 at 8:45pm, SUN 8/19 at 5pm, TUES 8/21 at 4:30pm & WED 8/22 at 8pm.
Tickets are $15 and can be purchased by calling 212-279-4488 or
1-888-FringeNYC (outside NY) or visiting http://www.fringenyc.org. For more
info visit http://www.dirt-nyc.com.