The Physicists Setting & Symbolism

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Unnamed Town

The play takes place in an unnamed Western European town. It is said to be picturesque and relaxing, but at the same time its Old World charm is slowly giving way to the "hideous edifices" of modern corporate buildings.

Les Cerisiers

Les Cerisiers is the name of the mental institution run by Fraulein Doktor Mathilde Von Zahnd. She has inherited it from her wealthy family. It has become a haven for rich Europeans who have fallen mentally ill.

Drawing Room of the Villa at Les Cerisiers

The majority of the action of the play takes place in this single room. It is described as a separate building on the campus of Les Cerisiers, and attached to the room are the three bedrooms of the three physicist mental patients. The two murders of the play occur in this room.

Cigarettes and Brandy

A bit of comic business...

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