The Visit

Play

Writers: Friedrich Dürrenmatt

Overview

Show Information

Category
Play
Number of Acts
3
First Produced
1956
Genres
Drama, Dark Comedy
Settings
Contemporary, Multiple Settings
Time & Place
The small, impoverished town of Güllen, The present
Cast Size
large
Licensor
Ideal for
College/University, Community Theatre, Large Cast, Professional Theatre, Regional Theatre, Star Vehicle Female, Star Vehicle Male
Casting Notes
Mostly male cast
Includes mature adult, adult, young adult, child, early teen, late teen, elderly characters

Synopsis

Claire Zachanassian, the world famous billionaire, is returning to her small hometown of Güllen after 45 years away. The town was once a thriving, prosperous area, but has since fallen on hard times. The impoverished Güllenites look to Claire as their only hope to save them from ruin. Her offer, though, comes with a price: justice. Claire will donate one billion dollars to the town if--and only if--they kill Alfred Ill, Claire’s former lover who abandoned and betrayed her all those years ago. Friedrich Dürrenmatt’s The Visit is a piercing, darkly comic story of a scorned woman’s ultimate revenge, exploring what dark deeds a desperate man can be pushed to.

Lead Characters