Woyzeck

Loosely based on the real figure of Johann Christian Woyzeck, Georg Buchner’s –Woyzeck -is a naturalist indictment of the dehumanizing effects of the military and science on unsuspecting victims.

Play title:  Woyzeck

Author (s):  Georg Buchner (Translated by Victor Price)

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Publication Date: 1879, 1971 (Oxford University Press)

Genre: Drama

Primary Discipline: Medicine

Scientist (s): None

Source Texts: Unknown

Character Breakdown:  16 Men, 7 Women, Ensemble

Woyzeck, Captain, Andres, Old Man with Hurdy Gurdy, Barker, Drum Major, Sergeant, Showman, Doctor, Jew, Karl, Landlord, Two Apprentices, Two Men, Marie, Margret, Grandmother, Kathe, Three Girls, Soldiers, Students, boys and girls

Setting: Varies

Time Period: 1836-1837

Synopsis of Play: Loosely based on the real figure of Johann Christian Woyzeck, Georg Buchner’s –Woyzeck -is a naturalist indictment of the dehumanizing effects of the military and science on unsuspecting victims. The titular character is a soldier unwillingly subjected to a doctor’s experiment just so he can have enough money to support his common-law wife (Marie) and their illegitimate child. While his body deteriorates, Woyzeck’s mind and soul are broken by his captain’s psychological torture, culminating in the murder of Marie and his own subsequent suicide. Although left incomplete at Buchner’s death – and with no definitive text or order of scenes – Woyzeck -is one of the most influential and performed plays in German theatre; its themes of poverty, isolation, and morality still resonate with audiences worldwide. https://stageagent.com/shows/play/8673/woyzeck

First Performance Date: November 8th, 1913

First Producer: Residenztheater, Max Reinhardt

Performance History: Woyzeck by Georg Buchner was first performed on November 8th, 1913 at the Residenztheater, Munich, where it was produced by Max Reinhardt.

Links:

https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2017/may/24/woyzeck-review-john-boyega-jack-thorne-georg-buchner-old-vic-london

https://www.nytimes.com/2006/11/18/theater/reviews/18woyz.html?mtrref=www.google.com&gwh=C3CD3E7652DA3E8F00A8B57111E84F1D&gwt=pay

https://variety.com/2008/legit/markets-festivals/woyzeck-3-1200471537/

https://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/woyzeck-project-chopin-theatre/Content?oid=3683699

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/theatre-review-woyzeck-at-the-old-vic-se1-7cr52zb6k

https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/theatre-dance/reviews/woyzeck-review-old-vic-john-boyega-joe-murphy-jack-thorne-harry-potter-star-wars-the-force-awakens-a7753811.html

http://articles.latimes.com/1992-07-25/entertainment/ca-3712_1_stage-manager

http://chicagocritic.com/woyzeck/

http://www.britishtheatreguide.info/reviews/woyzeckbarb-rev

Entered by: Meaghan Yesford

Photo/Visual Research with citations

                                       

          Samos Theater Group, 2016                                                              Samos Theater Group, 2016

                                                                     

           Samos Theater Group, 2016                                                              Samos Theater Group, 2016

                                 

 2017, Old Vic Theatre, Photo: Manuel Harlan                              2017, Schauspiel Frankfurt, Photo: Arno Declair

                                 

2017, Schauspiel Frankfurt, Photo: Arno Declair                         2017, Schauspiel Frankfurt, Photo: Arno Declair

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