LineStorm Playwrights in association with Artists Rep present
By Lolly Ward
Directed by Matt Pavik
FESTIVAL DATE: Jan 30 @ noon
VENUE: Artists Repertory Theatre, 1515 SW Morrison St., Portland OR 97205
In 1960, young chess phenomenon Bobby Fischer travels to Buenos Aires to compete in a tournament. 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. Through the fractured lens of the powerful women in Fischer’s life, Mate exposes the man inside the genius.