We Have a Cast! and Much More!

Congratulation to the new Cast of our upcoming production, Brighton Beach Memoirs!


FEST is proud to announce the cast selection for our upcoming production, Brighton Beach Memoirs, by Neil Simon, directed by our very own Lea Dunbar:

Eugene:  Benjamin Noble

Stanley: Philipp Walsch

Kate: Helen Heron

Blanche: Gillian Ormerof

Jack: Jeff Book

Nora: Lisa Ullrich

Laurie: Katharina Book

Congratulations to each of them, and thanks to all of you who came out to audition.  Rehearsals are underway, so we’ll be sending out a Call for Production Team shortly.  If you were not selected as a Cast member, but would still like to participate in this sure-to-be memorable production, please reply to the Call and sign up!  We’ll need help with costumes, props, sponsorship, marketing and PR, Stage team and Front of House teams.

Our next event in March is, of course, the …

March Play Reading

As you all will have read in previous newsletters, play readings take place every third Tuesday of each month at 7pm. We had a lovely evening over a glass of red in February, reading two one act plays, and discussing staging and their FEST potential.

Ah yes, the more observant FEST members among you will be wondering why we read two one act plays, and not the play as communicated to you! Due to a technical hitch, we had to run with plan B, which just shows how good we are at improvisation … AND means that you get a second chance to come and join us for the reading of “Searching for Dr. Branovic” on 19th March, at Sarnia’s place! Please let us know whether you can make it for the March date by sending a note to [email protected].

So, here are the details for your diary:

When: Tuesday, 19 March 2013, 19:00 – 22:00

Where: Sarnia’s place (send email to [email protected] to R.S.V.P. and receive details)

What: “Searching for Dr. Branovic” a full length comedy by David Tristram in 2 Acts, led by Ivan Aksenov.

Play readings are an opportunity to get to know new plays, socialise with fellow FESTers, and introduce new people to the group. If you have a play you would like to suggest, please get in touch with me – the more input we have, the better. I’m happy to say, the next few play readings are already planned! We have one act plays, full length plays, and even an original script from a FEST member lined up for you, so watch this space!

NB. Check with Jeff or I to see whether FEST already has a copy of a play you would like to read in our library – I’d be happy to simply host, lead the reading of your suggested play, or to support you in leading the reading.

Let’s get play reading!


A Terrifically Successful Theatre Workshop

We recently held an open-to-all Theatre Workshop, led by our very own Ivan Aksenov.  By all accounts, it was extremely successful and the 18 participants, mostly new to FEST, had great feedback for Ivan, his work and the day’s activities.  Ivan led the group in a series of activities, including Improv, Clowning, Juggling and fundamentals of stage movement.  It was fun, enriching and educational…watch this space for the next one!  Pictures of the workshop can be found on our website under News.


Shows from other Groups

Here’s a question for you….Can Men and Women just be friends?  Come out and see our very own Harald Schoppe in the Bockenheimer Theatre Ensemble’s production of When Harry Met Sally….

“Harry thinks this is impossible, because sex will always stand between man and woman. Sally has a different view. In fact, she has a lot of different views to Harry. And thus the romantic journalist and the matter-of-fact lawyer drift through life – not together, but also not without running into each other time and time again. For 13 years, each encounter ends in heated and witty debates about men and women … and salad dressings – until they finally find the answer”.

Dates are 01./02.03. and 05./06.04. at the IKB and 15./16.03. at the Kellertheater in Frankfurt. More information can also be found on the website:



Playing at Amelia Earhart Playhouse in Wiesbaden, featuring our very own Bobbie Lording-Pfanner….


By Christopher Hampton / From the novel by Choderlos de Laclos / Directed by Olivier Gigaud

Do not miss this superbly performed play with stunningly beautiful costumes and set designed to take you back to the 1780s era of French aristocracy before the revolution! (Rated PG 13)

A tale of seduction set in France among aristocrats before the revolution, this is a classic drama for exploring decadent sexuality, morals and manipulation played as the ultimate game with tragic results. The Royal Shakespeare Company’s stunning production met with acclaim in Stratford, London and on Broadway. The film, Dangerous Liaisons, starred Glenn Close, John Malkovich and Michelle Pfeiffer.

Dates: 8-10 & 15-17 March, Fridays /Saturdays 730pm, Sunday Matinee 2pm

Ticket prices: Adult $14.00 / € 11,00     Student $10.00 / € 8,00   Senior 65+  $10.00  /  € 8,00

Tickets available for purchase at the Wiesbaden Entertainment Center and the Amelia Earhart Playhouse box office.

Call or e mail for reservations.