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The Story of the Panda Bear Told by a Saxophonist
Who Has a Girlfriend in Frankfurt

U.S. Premiere
January 11 -
February 4, 2007

Steep Theatre

Nine nights are a lifetime to
a man (Joseph M. Adamczak)
and woman (Kate Cares)
brought together under
curious circumstances. Bound
by a promise and a bottle of
wine they travel through a
dream like caged lightening.
Together they discover
sometimes, all you need to
approach perfection is a
saxophone and a broken
alarm clock.

"[Visniéc] writes charming, nonsugary dialogue, utilizing that rare element in highly romanticized storytelling: silence. And its U.S. premiere is a fortunate one...full of beauty and eeriness."
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- Tim Lowery: Time Out Chicago

"This United States premiere production of Matéi Visniec’s L’histoire Des Ours Pandas Racontée Par un Saxophoniste Qui a Une Petite Amie à Francfort, rendered in Marella Oppenheim’s academic translation under the direction of Bryan White, features heroically focused performances by Kate Cares and Joseph M. Adamczak—most notably during the a cappella adagio dances showcasing Elizabeth Schmitz’s capable choreography."
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- Mary Shen Barnidge, Windy City Times

Playwright, poet and journalist, Matei Visneic, was born in Romania, and is now settled in Paris, working as a journalist at Radio France Internationale. From 1977 - 1987 he wrote some 20 plays, but all of them were banned by the Romanian censors. In 1987 he was invited to France by a literary foundation, and he asked for political asylum. Since then he has been writing mostly in French, and he has received French nationality. For the past five years, Mr. Visneic has been the most produced playwright in Europe.

Director: Bryan White
Choreographer (Night Nine): Elizabeth Schmitz

Scenic & Sound Design: Tony Adams
Lighting Design: Josh Miller
Costume & Properties Design: Micky York

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