By Kathleen Clawson

The adage "where there's smoke, there's fire" takes on new meaning when Paul Ford directs Max Frisch's "The Firebugs," kicking off the UNM Department of Theatre and Dance 2010-11 season. Translated by Mordecai Gorelik, dark comedy "The Firebugs" was written in the 1950s in response to passivity in the face of the Holocaust. "The Firebugs" runs Oct. 1-10 in the Experimental Theatre, UNM Center for the Arts.

The city is plagued by a string of arsons when Gottlieb Biedermann, a wealthy hair tonic manufacturer, invites two mysterious strangers to live in his attic and becomes an accomplice to their hilariously horrific acts. Although warned at every turn by the antics of a Greek chorus of ever-vigilant firemen, Biedermann ignores the events unfolding beneath his roof.

Frisch is considered one of the most influential Swiss writers of the 20th century.

This ensemble piece is a showcase for UNM actors: Van Hollenbeck, William Johnson, Quinn Rol, Christie Carter, Kristen Buckles, Travis Sweatte, Skye Fort, Laura Hosek, Diana Delgado, Janine O'Neill, Kathryn Harrell, Stephen Forrest, Caedmon Holland and Drew Morrison. Multi-level scenic design is by Assistant Professor Christopher Sousa-Wynn, costume design by Anna Avery, lighting design by John Asphalm, and original music and sound design by guest composer Bill Clark.

Shows run Oct. 1-10 on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Ticket prices are $15 general, $12 faculty and seniors, or $10 staff and students. Tickets are available at ticket offices at the UNM Bookstore and The Pit, or by calling (505) 925-5858 or visiting UNM Tickets.

Other upcoming performances include "Flamenco Lobo Weekend," "No Exit," "Still/Moving: A student choreography showcase," "The Cherry Orchard" and "Traitors." For more information on the fall season, call (505) 277-4332 or visit UNM Theatre and Dance.