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Equus - Full Length Play, Drama

Equus

Peter Shaffer

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Full Length Play, Drama

5m, 4f

ISBN: 9780573608728

"The closest I have seen a contemporary play come to reanimating the spirit of mystery that makes the stage a place of breathless discovery rather than a classroom for rational demonstration. Mr. Shaffer may have been trying for just such iconography…

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Description

Full Length Play

Drama

Dr. Martin Dysart, a psychiatrist, is confronted with Alan Strang, a boy who has blinded six horses in a violent fit of passion. This very passion is as foreign to Dysart as the act itself. To the boy's parents it is a hideous mystery; Alan has always adored horses. To Dysart it is a psychological puzzle that leads both doctor and patient to a complex and disturbingly dramatic confrontation. This international success reached new acclaim in London and on Broadway when revived in 2008.
"The closest I have seen a contemporary play come to reanimating the spirit of mystery that makes the stage a place of breathless discovery rather than a classroom for rational demonstration. Mr. Shaffer may have been trying for just such iconography a portrait of the drives that lead men to crucify themselves there. Here I think he's found it." - The New York Times
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CASTING

5m, 4f

CASTING NOTES

6 actors to play horses

Author
Peter Shaffer

Peter Shaffer

Sir Peter Shaffer, in full Sir Peter Levin Shaffer (born May 15, 1926, London, Eng.), British playwright of considerable range who moved easily from farce to the portrayal of human anguish.Educated at St. Paul’s and Trinity College, Cambridge, Shaffer first worked for a music publisher and then as a book reviewer. His first play, Five-Finger Exercise (1960), is a tautly constructed domestic drama ... view full profile

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Kenneth Vandenberg 5/1/2017 11:20 AM
leslie eisner 2/10/2017 10:30 AM
Highly intense drama. Characters are multi-dimensional. If you are looking for a play to display great acting this is it. Not for the faint of heart.
Dr. Paul S Newman 2/14/2014 7:02 PM
One of the greatest dramas of the 20th Century. Still vital, evocative, and accessible.

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