Will Franken in Dieter Und Sheila At The San Francisco International Youth Hostel
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Theatre Rhino remounts its hit spring production of the acclaimed 2009 comedy The Habit of Art. Written by Britain's Alan Bennett, whose works include the award-winning Broadway hit The History Boys, this poignant yet raunchily funny play tells the story of the shattered friendship between poet W. H. Auden and composer Benjamin Britten. Examining the unsettling desires of two difficult men, and the ethics of biography itself, it reflects on growing old, on talent and inspiration, and on persisting when all passion's spent. Met with wild acclaim upon its London debut in 2009, The Habit of Art is a complex and fascinating play about the intersection of creativity and desire. Learn More
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Will Franken presents his first ever long-form holiday-themed love story, Dieter Und Sheila At The San Francisco International Youth Hostel – a story of thwarted romance between a shy Viennese entomology student and a promiscuous Australian girl of limited intelligence. Dieter longs to be close to Sheila, yet the blokes from Down Under, staying in the same hostel, have customary first dibs on her. All is unrequited frustration and confusion until the hostel’s resident psychiatrist, Dr. Herringbone, informs Dieter of the as yet little known “Australian Phenomenon of Sexual Propinquity” – namely, whereas two drops of mercury placed on a horizontal surface will invariably congeal into one substance, whenever an Australian girl takes up residency in the same hostel as young men from back home, she cannot resist the overpowering urge to have her supple thighs groped by them whilst laying on the sofa in the common area and drinking prodigious amounts of vodka. The only hope remaining for Dieter to win the hand of his beloved Sheila is to cease being AUSTRIAN and become AUSTRALIAN – with a little help from crusty Outback veteran and current SF hostel maintenance man Grit Dirtman. It’s a multi-character, multicultural romp of sex, romance, intelligence, culture, and hilarity. Slightly more vulgar than Rushmore, a bit less tender than Pygmalion, a tad more intellectual than Animal House, and just as bawdy as the Canterbury Tales – Dieter Und Sheila is a holiday treat not to be missed!