20th Anniversary Rogue Festival

Read a review of the show here.

The Hungerers by William Saroyan

Presented by the William Saroyan Society
for the 20th Anniversary Rogue Festival in Fresno, CA

An early absurdist one-act play by William Saroyan, The Hungerers is an American fable reflecting on the hardships of the Depression, the invincibility of the human spirit and the enduring power of art.

Directed by Zoë Smurr, M.F.A.

Dianna’s Dance Studio
826 N Fulton St, Fresno, CA 93728

Performance Dates/Times:
Sat, March 5 @ 6:30pm

Sun, March 6 @ 5:00pm

Thur, March 10 @ 7:00pm

Fri, March 11 @ 8:00pm

Sat, March 12 @ 2:00pm

RJ Curtis
Maria Ghazaryan
Spencer Byers
Annette Smurr
Abigail Smurr

Almost a century after its publication and premiere, Saroyan’s sentiments in “The Hungerers” still ring true—and with renewed resonance—as the United States navigates an era of economic instability rivaling that of the Great Depression. Saroyan’s early work especially explores and laments the fate of the proletarian avant-garde artist—a persona with which he identified greatly.

In the play’s introduction, Saroyan writes:

“The hunger of these hungerers is not a hunger for bread alone, although that hunger is beautiful enough. It is a hunger for immortality. The simple immortality which comes about when human beings rid themselves of all world imposed absurdities and know the foolishness of pride.”

William Saroyan

The William Saroyan Society is a non-profit, public service organization in Fresno, California, home of the Pulitzer prize-winning author and playwright William Saroyan. We are dedicated to promoting the life, times and literary works of William Saroyan, while educating the public about the human values depicted in his writing.

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