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The Visit

Full-Length Play, Drama  /  8f, 29m

Friedrich Dürrenmatt, Maurice Valency

Winner! Best Foreign Play by New York Drama Critics Circle

"Stinging...[with] astonishing power." - The New York Herald Tribune

"A devastating drama." - The New York Times


  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    8f, 29m
  • SubGenre
    Subgenre
    Adaptations (Stage & Screen)
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    Adult
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Summary
A wealthy woman returns to her debt ridden home town and offers a sum greater than they have ever imagined to help out. But there is a condition: she wants the life of a villager who years ago had caused her to be expelled from town in disgrace. Ringing denial of this absurd demand is followed by the gradual corruption of everyone in town. He is murdered and money is passed over his body to the town. The lady leaves with a fantastic entourage and with the coffin of her old lover.
History
Also known as Der Besuch der alten Dame in the German language
Cast Attributes
9 Principles, 28 Small Parts
  • Setting A composite setting
  • Cautions
    • Mild Adult Themes

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Friedrich Dürrenmatt

Maurice Valency

Maurice Valency was a playwright, author, critic and popular professor of Comparative Literature at Columbia University, He was best known for his award-winning adaptations of plays by Jean Giraudoux (The Madwoman of Chaillot, Ondine, The Enchanted, and The Apollo of Bellac ...
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