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They Are Dying Out

They Are Dying Out

by Peter Handke, translated by Mike Roloff

APRIL 18 – APRIL 27, 2013

VALENCIA, CA — Peter Handke’s searching psychological study, They Are Dying Out, will be presented in April by the California Institute of the Arts School of Theater.  Chi-wang Yang, founding member and co-artistic director of the award-winning collaborative performance group Cloud Eye Control, directs Mike Roloff’s translation.

They Are Dying Out is an epic reflection on the psyche of the corporate world and how it infects the souls of those who engage it. The play centers on business kingpin Hermann Quitt, who knows that he is challenged to live up to his own ideal image of life. This challenge makes him an unethical monster who disregards his wife, breaks contracts, betrays and ruins his business associates, and leads him to commit the ultimate crime.

A novelist, poet, and playwright, Peter Handke comes from the Austrian province of Carinthia. A recipient of the 1973 Georg Buchner Prize for literary excellence, and more recently, the Mulheimer Dramatikerpreis in 2012 for playwrighting, Handke is considered a controversial writer by both critics and the public. Handke surged into the world of playwriting in the 1960s when he noticed that the contemporary theater was not exploring more experimental types of work. Handke gained prominence with the performance of his play Offending the Audience, which premiered in1966 at the first "Experimenta" theater week in Frankfurt. Later that year, his plays Prophecy and Self-Accusation opened together in Oberhausen. They Are Dying Out, originally produced in 1973, is considered the end of his first phase of experimental playwrighting.

Director Chi-wang Yang is a Los Angeles-based creator of theater and live performance. Whether in the form of plays, concerts, or installation, his work explores the unstable intersections of body, narrative and technology. His work has been presented at theaters and galleries internationally, including the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater (REDCAT), the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the TBA Festival, and the Havana International Film Festival. Yang received his MFA in theater directing and integrated media at CalArts, where he currently teaches, and his BA from Brown University.  

Performances include a preview on Thursday, April 18 and subsequent showings on Friday, April 19, Saturday April 20, and Tuesday, April 23 through Saturday, April 27. All evening shows begin at 8:00pm; a Saturday matinee on April 20 will begin at 2:00pm. Performances will take place in the Walt Disney Modular Theater on the CalArts campus located at 24700 McBean Parkway in Valencia. Ticket prices range from $2.00-$10.00 and are available online at www.calarts.edu/calendar or at the box office an hour before each performance.


The School of Theater at CalArts is one of the nation’s most forward-looking theater training programs. We believe in a theater that is ethical, experimental and expansive–that has the imperative to interrogate, navigate and transcend boundaries of discipline, nation, geography, and culture. The training is designed to support the development of new voices and new forms. Production and class work complement each other, challenging students to redefine performance on the basis of an appreciation for theater traditions. In all aspects of our work, we encourage students to develop knowledge and skills, to take risks, and to commit fully to the collaborative process.

Last edited by sgoforth on Apr 17, 2013
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