Publication Date 24th, May, 1998
Goethe’s Urfaust is an unrecognized masterpiece. Brecht’s intense interest in it is a testament to its enduring theatrical fascination. The great director’s disrespectful treatment of the play brought it to life for his contemporary audiences. But not for long. GDR officialdom closed down both of Brecht’s productions of the play in 1952 and 1953.
This new version by Dan Farrelly is written for performance. It was inspired by his reading of Bernd Mahl’s work on Brecht’s Urfaust productions and was developed in theatre workshops at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles and at NUI Dublin Drama Studies Centre. It was prepared for the Goethe Anniversary Year 1999.
'Urfaust is a kind of well-spring for German theatre... The love-story is the most daring and the most profound in German dramatic literature.' Brecht
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Reviewed by : Gerry Colgan (The Irish Times, October 29, 1999)
"(the) script by Dr. Dan Farrelly . . . constitutes a genuine contribution to modern theatre. The language is sharply up-to-date, a rhythmic prose tilting into verse that blends colloquialism with literary clarity, always a dialogue that the actors may , and do speak with conviction"
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