Mate: New Play About Chess Champion Bobby Fischer
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The last date listed for Mate, The Untouchable Bobby Fischer was Saturday August 6, 2011 / 8:00pm.
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Great chance to see a show still being "workshopped". I have seen some great shows at Actor's Gang, and some that were just good, but they are always innovative and interesting. "Mate" was very good, with an amazing performance by Nick Huff as a...continued
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In 1960, young chess phenomenon Bobby Fischer travels to Buenos Aires to compete in a tournament. There Fischer becomes intimate with a woman for the first time, thrusting the genius into a new realm where the body triumphs over the mind. Fischer must battle for control or face the destruction of his life’s ambition.
After achieving the title of World Champion in 1972, Fischer disappears from professional chess. From rich and admired to homeless and jailed, he succumbs to paranoia. He finds salvation in a Hungarian girl, the only one who can lure him back into the spotlight.
Says playwright, Lolly Ward, “Many people know a little something about Bobby Fischer but not the range of his life. I found his story fascinating – boy genius to World Champion to living in a flophouse. He was a public face of American dominance in the Cold War era, but he had many private battles with his mother and other women. I wanted to explore how he played chess to the exclusion of almost everything else. Fischer refused to date women until he became World Champion. After winning the title, he began dating and never played professional chess again. The skills that made him better than anyone – suspicion, the will to attack and destroy, the ability to shut out the rest of the world – made life off the board almost too difficult to bear.”
Also of interest is Fischer’s relationship with his mother. Ward continues, “Fischer’s mother constantly questioned his devotion to chess, wanting him to be normal, happy, and financially secure. Where is a parent’s place in raising a child, in guiding and celebrating him for who he is?”