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Don Juan Comes Back from the War

Don Juan Comes Back from the War



Ödön von Horváth; Adapted by Duncan Macmillan


Oberon Books

'In Duncan MacMillan's new version the writing is gritty, grimy, and powerful, while director Andrea Ferran's production has some mesmerizing moments and beautifully acted memorable scenes that liberate a raw sensuality.' –The Stage

 

Don Juan’s back from the War and he’s got some catching up to do. Berlin is crumbling, but after years of abstinence, the Don is ready for more of the debauchery that once made his name. Amidst political and economic upheaval, Don Juan finds himself increasingly at odds with the man he used to be. Is this notorious lothario about to experience a sudden change of heart?

 

Ödön von Horváth’s startling tale of displacement and isolation in the aftermath of the Great War is presented in a bold new adaptation by award-winning playwright Duncan Macmillan.

 

Ödön von Horváth was an influential Austro-Hungarian dramatist and novelist. His first plays depicted the corruption of contemporary society; Sladek The Black Militia Man caused a riot at its premiere in 1929. He was already an exile from Hitler's Germany when the two plays in this volume were written. His experience as an outside observer is reflected in their themes of displacement and exile.

 

Duncan Macmillan is an award-winning writer and theatre director whose plays include Lungs, Every Brilliant Thing and 2071 (all published by Oberon Books). His play People, Places and Things transferred from the National Theatre to the West End in 2016. Duncan Macmillan’s other plays include: 1984, co-adapted/co-directed with Robert Icke (Headlong/Nottingham Playhouse, UK tour, Almeida Theatre and West End); The Forbidden Zone (Salzburg Festival/Schaubühne Berlin); Wunschloses Unglück, adapt. Peter Handke (Burgtheater Vienna); Reise durch die Nacht, adapt. Friederike Mayro¨cker created with Katie Mitchell and Lyndsey Turner (Schauspielhaus Ko¨ln, Theatertreffen, Festival d’Avignon), Atmen (Schaubühne Berlin); Monster (Royal Exchange/Manchester International Festival).


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978-1-84943-254-2
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