Don Juan (Brecht, Manheim)

Full-Length Play, Comedy  /  6w, 15m

Bertolt Brecht, Ralph Manheim, Jean Baptiste Molière

Adapted by Bertolt Brecht
Translated by Ralph Manheim

NOTICE: Please be advised, this title is from the Samuel French Vault and is made from a scan of an archived manuscript. We hope you’ll treasure this glimpse into theatre history.

Don Juan (Brecht, Manheim)

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    6w, 15m
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This adaptation of one of the French master's funniest plays preserves much of the plot of the original, which concerns the notorious womanizer Don Juan and his servant Sganarelle—but, naturally, Brecht has given it his own inimitable slant, which here becomes distinctly anti-artistocratic.

In this adaptation Don Juan, the lgenedary lover, is regarded as a means to ridicule the hypocrisy and pretentiousness of the world as he pursues his amorous ways, dodges and outwits his enemies until, in the form of the Statue of the Commander, he meets his inevitable nemesis and is cast into hell fire. This is one of Brecht's less radical adaptations and one of those with which he apparently had least to do. 

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    • Mild Adult Themes
    • Smoking

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Bertolt Brecht

Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956), playwright, poet and director, was born in Augsburg, Germany in February 1898. He established himself as a playwright during the 1920s and early 1930s with plays such as Baal, Man is Man, The Threepenny Opera and The Mother. In 1933, as Hitler came ...
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Ralph Manheim


Jean Baptiste Molière


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