Woyzeck: A Play

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Author: Neil LaBute

Publisher: The Overlook Press

ISBN: 1468314033

Category: Drama

Page: 96

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Georg Büchner’s unfinished play about the poor soldier Woyzeck, subject of a medical experiment and tormented by hallucinations from a diet of only peas. Georg Büchner’s unfinished play about the poor soldier Woyzeck, subject of a medical experiment and tormented by hallucinations from a diet of only peas. His girlfriend, Marie, by whom he’s fathered a child; Marie’s overpowering desire for the alluring Drum- Major; and the murderous outcome of this oppressive admixture of circumstances is without a doubt one of the bleakest works of world literature. It is also considered by many to mark the beginning of modern drama. In this powerful adaption, Neil LaBute embraces the glittering darkness of Woyzeck's violent, erotic, inhumane world and uncompromisingly makes it his own. From his opening in an operating theatre and then scene by macabre scene, LaBute imbues this classic with his singular intensity and moral vision, as he takes it to its nightmarish conclusion. Included in this volume is Neil LaBute’s provocative new monologue “Kandahar,” in which a soldier back from Afghanistan calmly explains his devastating actions of the day before. A gripping stand-alone piece, this short work is also a trenchant modern-day exploration of the potent and enduring themes of Woyzeck.

Replay: Classic Modern Drama Reimagined

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Author: Toby Zinman

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 140818270X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 288

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Replay: Classic Modern Drama Reimagined spans over a century of great theatre to explore how iconic plays have been adapted and versioned by later writers to reflect or dissect the contemporary zeitgeist. Starting with A Doll's House, Ibsen's much-reprised masterpiece of marital relations from 1879, Toby Zinman explores what made the play so controversial and shocking in its day before tracing how later reimaginings have reworked Ibsen's original. The spine of plays then includes such landmark works as Strindberg's Miss Julie, Oscar Wilde's comic The Importance of Being Earnest, Chekhov's Three Sisters and Uncle Vanya, Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun, the Rattigan centenary revivals, Thornton Wilder's Our Town, ultimately arriving at Beckett's Waiting for Godot. Taking each modern play as the starting point, Zinman explores the diverse renderings and reworkings by subsequent playwrights and artists Â?including prominent directors and their controversial productions as well as acknowledging reworkings in film, opera and ballet.Through the course of this groundbreaking study we discover not only how theatrical styles have changed but how society's attitude towards politics, religion, money, gender, sexuality and race have radically altered over the course of the century. In turn Replay reveals how theatre can serve as both a reflection of our times and a provocation to them.

Woyzeck

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Author: Georg Büchner,Daniel Kramer

Publisher: Oberon Books Limited

ISBN: 9781840027051

Category: Drama

Page: 62

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Woyzeck is the story of a young soldier's descent into madness. Inspired by real events, Buchner's unfinished masterpiece remains one of western drama's most profound and moving explorations of class and morality. This new translation was first performed in 2004 at the Gate Theatre, London, to great acclaim.

Reimagining American Theatre

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Author: Robert Brustein

Publisher: Hill and Wang

ISBN: 1466805412

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 307

View: 6216

In his collection of essays and reviews, Robert Brustein makes the argument that the American Theatre is enjoying a renaissance that has not been unacknowledged.

A History of Modern Drama

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Author: David Krasner

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1444343742

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 528

View: 6166

Covering the period 1879 to 1959, and taking in everything from Ibsen to Beckett, this book is volume one of a two-part comprehensive examination of the plays, dramatists, and movements that comprise modern world drama. Contains detailed analysis of plays and playwrights, connecting themes and offering original interpretations Includes coverage of non-English works and traditions to create a global view of modern drama Considers the influence of modernism in art, music, literature, architecture, society, and politics on the formation of modern dramatic literature Takes an interpretative and analytical approach to modern dramatic texts rather than focusing on production history Includes coverage of the ways in which staging practices, design concepts, and acting styles informed the construction of the dramas

Woyzeck

A Play

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Author: Neil LaBute

Publisher: Abrams Press

ISBN: 9781468310191

Category: Drama

Page: 91

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Georg Büchner's unfinished play about the poor soldier Woyzeck, subject of a medical experiment and tormented by hallucinations from a diet of only peas; his girlfriend, Marie, by whom he's fathered a child; Marie's overpowering desire for the alluring Drum- Major; and the murderous outcome of this oppressive admixture of circumstances is without a doubt one of the bleakest works of world literature. It is also considered by many to mark the beginning of modern drama. In this powerful adaption, Neil LaBute embraces the glittering darkness of Woyzeck's violent, erotic, inhumane world and uncompromisingly makes it his own. From his opening in an operating theatre and then scene by macabre scene, LaBute imbues this classic with his singular intensity and moral vision, as he takes it to its nightmarish conclusion. Included in this volume is Neil LaBute's provocative new monologue Kandahar,” in which a soldier back from Afghanistan calmly explains his devastating actions of the day before. A gripping stand-alone piece, this short work is also a trenchant modern-day exploration of the potent and enduring themes of Woyzeck.

Tragedy Walks the Streets

The French Revolution in the Making of Modern Drama

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Author: Matthew S. Buckley,Professor Matthew S Buckley

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 9780801884344

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 191

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Buckley challenges the conventional understanding that the evolution of European drama effectively came to a halt during France's Revolutionary era. He contends that the political theatricality of the Revolution tested and forced the evolution of dramatic forms, supplanting the theater itself as the primary stage of formal development.

Georg Buchner's Woyzeck

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Author: Michel Ewans

Publisher: Peter Lang Pub Incorporated

ISBN: N.A

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 172

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Scatology in Modern Drama

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Author: Sidney Shrager

Publisher: Ardent Media

ISBN: 9780829002614

Category: Drama

Page: 113

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Technically, scatology has been used for various purposes: to shock, to smash puritanical taboos, to exptess hate and disgust, to explain psychological motivation, to satirise, to preach acceptance of the body, to project moral indignation, to shake the fist at God, and to have pure Rabelaisian fun. Above all, modern playwrights have used scatology, verbal and visual, for one great thematic purpose -- as a metaphor for the human condition.

Meienbergs Tod / Die sexuellen Neurosen unserer Eltern / Der Bus

Stücke

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Author: Lukas Bärfuss

Publisher: Wallstein Verlag

ISBN: 3835327763

Category: Drama

Page: 220

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Dieser Band präsentiert die drei bislang wichtigsten Stücke des jungen Dramatikers. »Mit »Die sexuellen Neurosen unserer Eltern" stürmt Lukas Bärfuss die deutschen Bühnen", schrieb »Die Welt"; und das Schweizer Radio feierte das Stück als »Sternstunde des Theaters". 2015 kam der Film »Dora oder die sexuellen Neurosen unserer Eltern" (Regie: Stina Werenfels) in die Kinos. Der Autor, der seit 1998 Theaterstücke schreibt und mit der freien Gruppe »400asa", die sich in der Tradition der dänischen Dogma-Filmemacher sieht, für Furore sorgte, nahm das gelassen und bekannte, ihn interessiere das Theater gerade »als eine besonders unvollkommene Kunst. Alles knirscht. Ich selber knirsche, die Schauspieler knirschen, sogar die alten Sessel." In gewissem Sinne ist in »Die sexuellen Neurosen ..." die geistig zurückgebliebene Dora solch ein Sand im Getriebe der guten, der liberalen Gesellschaft - nicht, solange sie die Rolle der nur Bemitleidenswerten ausfüllt, aber sofort, wenn sie eigene Ansprüche stellt und nicht länger als Projektionsfläche allen Toleranzgeschwafels dient. Hinter dem Gerede zu den wirklichen Dingen zu kommen und nicht zuletzt aus der schelmischen Infragestellung von Autoritäten komische Wirkungen zu schlagen, das interessierte den jungen Schweizer Autor auch schon in seinem 2001 uraufgeführten Stück »Meienbergs Tod". Komplettiert wird der Band durch Bärfuss' neuestes Stück »Der Bus", über eine äußerst merkwürdige Pilgerreise nach Tschenstochau. 2005 wurde es am Thalia Theater Hamburg uraufgeführt.

Danton's Death ; Leonce and Lena ; Woyzeck

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Author: Georg Büchner,Victor Price

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780192836502

Category: Fiction

Page: 136

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Buchner's special quality, and that which makes him seem more contemporary than almost anything written today, is his total, uncompromising honesty of emotion and intellect. The German writer Georg Buchner, who died in 1837 aged 23, left only three works for the theatre. Danton's Death, his great fresco of the French Revolution, was written in five weeks when Buchner was under threat of arrest for his own revolutionary activities. His sad comedy, Leonce and Lena, was composed in haste for a publisher's competition for which it was entered too late. The extraordinary proletarian tragedy Woyzeck was left unfinished at Buchner's death. Virtually unknown until the end of the nineteenth century, the plays have found an important place in the modern international repertory.