Cast: Tom Bateman, Danny Belrose, Kevin Byrne, Peter Esposito, Jeff Kain, Judy Loyd, Michael McEvoy, Beata Pilch, Garrett Prejean, Bob Rokos, Devon Schumacher and Nicole Wiesner.

Playwright

Fernando Arrabal was born in Melilla (Spanish Morocco) on August 11, 1932, shortly before war was to tear his country apart. His father, an officer of the Spanish army, was sentenced to death at the beginning of the war for being opposed to the military coup. He was imprisoned by Franco, and escaped on November 4, 1941 and disappeared forever. Fernando Arrabal was brought up by his mother in a rigidly Catholic atmosphere. Now a voluntary exile from Spain, he has lived in Paris since 1955 and writing in French, he has emerged as one of Europe’s front-rank dramatists. He has published 12 novels, nearly 70 plays, and epistles. He has directed 7 full-length films and founded the “Panic Movement” in 1962. Although he is one of the most controversial writers of his time, he has received many international prizes and distinctions.

 

Director

Michael S. Pieper has been developing and teaching his method of acting in the Midwest and west coast since 1988. Michael headed up the Acting Program at the Second City Training Center for the last 22 years. He received his Masters of Fine Arts in Directing from the United States International University of San Diego where he also was on the faculty for eight years. He was the Artistic Director of the North Coast Conservatory Theatre in San Diego, the Resident Director/Artistic Associate at the Trap Door Theatre and Artistic Director of the Boxer Rebellion Theatre, both in Chicago. Michael has directed over 98 productions and acted in over 40 productions.

Automobile Graveyard

 

Written by Fernando Arrabal

Translated by Tom and Helen Gary Bishop

Directed by Michael S. Pieper

October 2001

 

A trio of musicians fleeing from the law seek refuge in an automobile junkyard.

Stage Manager: Erica Berger / Lighting Designer: Richard Norwood / Set Designer: Michael S. Pieper / Costume Designer: Beata Pilch / Graphic Designer: Alex Present