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Woyzeck

Woyzeck
Your Price: $15.95 CDN
Author: Georg Buchner, translated by Nicholas Rudall
Publisher: Ivan R. Dee
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 96
Pub. Date: 2002
ISBN-10: 1566634490
ISBN-13: 9781566634496

About the Play:

The American Academy of Dramatic Arts recommends Woyzeck for female monologues.

One of the most performed and influential plays in German theatre, Woyzeck is a modern classic that remains frighteningly relevant today. Based on a real-life murder trial that took place in Germany in the 1820s, this full-length drama was written by Georg Büchner in 1837, but not staged until 1913. Nicholas Rudall captures the power of the play for contemporary audiences through his masterly translation.

Sacrificed to powers larger than himself, Woyzeck is one of drama's first antiheroes. He serves a German captain and makes money by allowing a doctor to experiment on him, but his deeper morality leads him to a tragic end. One of Western drama's most profound explorations into the human spirit, this play inspired the famed opera by Alban Berg, and the classic film by Werner Herzog.

Cast: 4 women, 13 men, plus extras

About the Playwright:

Georg Büchner (1813 – 1837) was a German dramatist and writer of poetry and prose. He died at a tragically early age, and his three works for the stage remained virtually unknown for half a century. Today all three, especially Danton's Death, his great play about the French Revolution are performed regularly.

D. Nicholas Rudall is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Classics at the University of Chicago. He has directed many classical works at the Court Theatre, of which he is the founding director. His teaching is focused on tragedy and the ancient theater, Aristophanes, and Propertius.