The Kleist Variations: Based on Plays by Heinrich von Kleist

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The plays are Concord, a comedy based on Kleist’s The Broken Jug; The Fall of the Amazons, a tragedy from the Kleist Penthesilea; and Wannsee, a tragicomedy, Bentley’s rendering of Das Katchen von Heilbronn.

Concord is set 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...

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Overview

The plays are Concord, a comedy based on Kleist’s The Broken Jug; The Fall of the Amazons, a tragedy from the Kleist Penthesilea; and Wannsee, a tragicomedy, Bentley’s rendering of Das Katchen von Heilbronn.

Concord is set 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 comic lust.

The Fall of the Amazons is the story of Achilles and the Amazon queen Penthesilea. In this pagan play, Bentley explores improbable love, a theme shared by Wannsee.

Wannsee is a play of pageantry: emperors, counts, dueling knights, a young beauty of seemingly low birth, cherubs, and witches masked in loveliness.

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Bentley, playwright, critic, scholar, and performer, presents three plays based on works by the early 19th-century dramatist Heinrich von Kleist: Concord, The Fall of the Amazons, and Wannsee. No scholarly apparatus. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780809316298
  • Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/1990
  • Edition description: 1st Edition
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Eric Bentley’s other plays include Are You Now or Have You Ever Been, Orpheus in the Underworld, and The Recantation of Galileo.

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