The Kleist Variations: Three Plays
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BeschreibungIn this collection, Eric Bentley presents "Concord, a comedy adapted from Kleist's "The Broken Jug; "The Fall of the Amazons, a tragedy written in response to Kleist's "Penthesilea; and "Wannsee, a tragic-comedy which is Bentley's rendering of Kleist's "Cathy of Heilbronn.
Bentley sets "Concord in a courthouse during the early days of the Republic. Convened to discover who broke an irreplaceable jug symbolic of the chivalric age of Sir Walter Raleigh, Judge Adam's madcap court flounders in hilarious chaos induced by huge lies to cover comic lust.
"Fall of the Amazons is the story of Achilles and the Amazon queen, Penthesilea. Through this pagan play, Bentley explores improbably love, which he exemplifies in the biblical story of Abraham and Isaac: "In seeming to be cruel to both father and son, God has enabled them to find, in total vulnerability, total love," a theme that also pervades Wannsee.
Bentley's "Wannsee is a play of pageantry: emperors, counts, dueling knights, a young beauty of seemingly low birth, cherubs, and witches masked in loveliness. A fabulous love story ostensibly designed to dissuade Kleist from self-destruction, "Wannsee demonstrates with a flourish that, though devils roam the earth, there are also angels.
PortraitEric Bentley was born in England in 1916 and became an American citizen in 1948. He has earned a reputation as a scholar, teacher, professional theatre critic, performer, and, last but not least, a playwright. In 1998, he was inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame. Many of his books are now regarded as classic texts-The Playwright as Thinker (Harvest, 1987), The Life of the Drama (Applause, 1991), and Bentley on Brecht (Applause, 1999). Northwestern University Press has published other seminal works by Bentley, Including Rallying Cries (1977) and its companion volume Monstrous Martyrdoms (2004), Thinking about the Playwright (1987), The Plrandello Commentarles (1986), and his translation of Pirandello's Plays (1998).
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: NORTHWESTERN UNIV PR
Erscheinungsdatum: März 2005
Seitenanzahl: 210 Seiten