Thursday, 25 May 2017

Das Weite Land (1910) written by Arthur Schnitzler and produced at the Munchen Theatre around 1920

A scene from Das Weite Land (1910) written by the Austrian playwright Arthur Schnitzler (1862 - 1931) and produced at the Munchen Theatre around 1920


Anato (1893) written by Arthur Schnitzler and produced at the Josefstadt Theater, Wien, around 1920

A scene from Anato (1893) written by the Austrian playwright Arthur Schnitzler (1862 - 1931) and produced at the Josefstadt Theater, Wien, around 1920




"Nach der Uraufführung von „Anatol“ 1892 am Theater in der Josefstadt und „Das Märchen“ am Deutschen Volkstheater in Wien 1893 gelang Schnitzler 1895 mit dem Schauspiel „Liebelei“ am Wiener Burgtheater der Durchbruch. Parallel kam es zur Zusammenarbeit mit Otto Brahm, Direktor des Deutschen Theaters in Berlin und Mitbegründer des 1889 entstandenen Theatervereins „Freie Bühne“. "

Liebelei (1894) written by Arthur Schnitzler and produced at the Schrell? Theater, Berlin around 1910

A scene from Liebelei (1894) written by the Austrian playwright Arthur Schnitzler (1862 - 1931) and produced at the Schrell? Theater, Berlin around 1910


Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Elektra (1901) written by Hugo von Hofmannsthal and produced at the Little Theatre in Berlin under the direction of Max Reinhardt in October 1903

A scene from Elektra (1901) written by the German playwright Hugo von Hofmannsthal (1874 - 1929) and produced at the Little Theatre in Berlin under the direction of Max Reinhardt (1873 - 1943) in October 1903




"Hofmannsthal turned to the Greek tragic tradition in his first attempt after his turn-of-the-century crisis of language to produce a drama for the stage. The fourth century in Athens had been an era during which he felt poets had fulfilled their socialresponsibility. Hofmannsthal hoped his  Elektra would be for him and his time what the Electra of Sophocles had been for him andhis—a poet speaking to his world. It was immensely popular and ran in several languages across Europe for several years. Das Burgtheater in Wien, which now runs a multitude of Hofmannsthal’s plays as exemplary of the Austrian cultural heritage, refused to produce the premiere of the Elektra. It was not on his Vienna that Elektra’s screams first fell. It was in Berlin, the cultural and political antagonist of Vienna, under Max Reinhardt
im Berliner Kleinen Theater on the 30th of October, 1903 that it was first produced."
 

Der Kaufmann von Berlin (1929) written by Walter Mhering and produced at the Volksbuhne in Berlin under the direction of Erwin Piscart around 1930

A scene from Der Kaufmann von Berlin (1929) written by the German playwright Walter Mhering (1896-1981) and produced at the Volksbuhne in Berlin under the direction of Erwin Piscart around 1930




"Seine Lieder, Gedichte, Chansons und Theaterstücke machten ihn früh berühmt – und verhasst: Sein Theaterstück Der Kaufmann von Berlin (1929), eine Persiflage auf die Inflationsgewinnler, uraufgeführt von Erwin Piscator an der Berliner Volksbühne, provozierte einen Skandal, die SA demonstrierte vor dem Theater; Joseph Goebbels verfasste im Angriff einen ganzseitigen Hetzartikel gegen ihn mit der Überschrift An den Galgen. Viele seiner Bücher landeten während der Bücherverbrennung am 10. Mai 1933 auf dem Scheiterhaufen. Mehring entging nur knapp seiner Verhaftung durch die SA, emigrierte, wurde 1939 in Frankreich interniert und konnte 1941 durch seine Flucht aus dem Lager St. Cyprien der Auslieferung entgehen und über La Martinique in die USA entkommen."

Friday, 19 May 2017

Sturmflut (1926) written by Alfons Paquet and produced at the Volksbühne in Berlin under the direction of Erwin Piscator in February 1926

A scene from Sturmflut (1926) written by the German playwright Alfons Paquet (1881 - 1944) and produced at the Volksbühne in Berlin under the direction of Erwin Piscator in February 1926








"Paquets Drama Sturmflut hatte im Februar 1926 an der Berliner Volksbühne Premiere. Regie führte Erwin Piscator, der nicht zuletzt durch diese Inszenierung von Sturmflut in den Rang des wohl innovativsten und aufsehenerregensten Theaterregisseurs der Weimarer Republik aufrückte."

Zwölftausend (1927) written by Bruno Frank and produced at the Kammerspiele in München around 1930

A scene from Zwölftausend (1927) written by the German playwright Bruno Frank (1887 - 1945) and produced at the Kammerspiele in München around 1930