This book invites the reader to consider the history of Moliere's much-censored and oft-bowdlerized play "Don Juan," and to imagine, through this version of its text, its original fire. Moliere's wildly controversial script enjoyed exactly one performance before the censors and lobbyists started pulling it apart. This version supposes what could or might have been head that night, and means to bring modern audiences into the hour of the play's premiere-the high stakes for all involved, and the alarming effect the text and its ideas clearly had on those present. It includes a brief history of the play's suppression and early published editions, by Joan DeJean, an indefatigable scholar of Moliere, "Don Juan" and French culture. It also includes a brief history of Moliere's political and theatrical milieu.
About the Author
Stephen Wadsworth is the James S. Marcus Faculty Fellow at the Juilliard School, where he teaches acting. Other translations include Marivaux: Three Plays (Smith and Kraus), the three Figaro plays of Beaumarchais, and plays of Goldini and Maeterlinck. He was named a Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters by the Republic of France. He is also a noted director of operas and plays, and a Creative Advisor at the Sundance Institute's Theater Program. He wrote the opera "A Quiet Place" with Leonard Bernstein.