Based on the novella by Austrian author, Stefan Zweig, THE CHESS PLAYER tells a tale of a journey into and out of madness.
Imprisoned in a solitary confinement by the Nazis, a prisoner slides into insanity until he steals a book of grand chess tournaments. Living through them he holds onto reality. Desperate, he then creates new games dividing himself into two feuding chess masters, stumbling into self-inficted schizophrenia.
As Zweig’s story unfolds, the actor steps out of the action, building a meta-theatre frame around the play. He challanges the audience to examine the power of illusion, proposing that, like the prisoner, we depend on them to allow us to survive.
Dramatiker, forfatter: Richard McElvain