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The Chess Player (Please organize ticket by yourself)

Hosted by the Consul of the Duesseldorf Performing Arts Passion Group
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Wed 26 Sep 19:30 - 21:30

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English Theater Düsseldorf presents you THE CHESS PLAYER, written and performed by Richard McElvain

The Chess Player is based on the novella, “The Royal Game” by Austrian author Stefan Zweig. It tells the story of a Viennese Jewish lawyer, Dr. B, imprisoned by the Nazis. Because his legal practice was in financial management for Austrian "old money", they are sure he "knows" things they want to find out, so instead of sending him to the death camps, they keep him in solitary confinement to break him down. Gradually descending into madness, he steals a book of famous chess games and staves off insanity by escaping into the games.

Beyond the story of survival, the production has a larger, meta-theatre frame in which Richard explores the idea of how life parallels the action of the play. How, like the doctor in solitary survives by entering an illusion, so do we in our lives reach out to illusions to guide Theatre.

Richard performed the show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival last year and it received 5* STAR reviews!

"…an absolute must see not only for entertainment purposes, but as a necessary piece of theatre."
Broadway Baby *****

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