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Afterlife - Full Length Play, Drama

Afterlife

Michael Frayn

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Full Length Play, Drama

6m, 2f

ISBN: 9780573696565

"In his seventy-fifth year Michael Frayn has produced a minor masterpiece, and maybe not so minor either. I'd guess Afterlife is the best verse drama in English since T.S. Eliot's Murder in the Cathedral..." - New Stateman

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Description

Full Length Play

Drama

Biography, Period, Docudrama/Historic

120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - 1940s / WWII

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Unit Set/Multiple Settings

Period Costumes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult

PERFORMANCE GROUP

College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

A man who has everything. Money, friends, a beautiful home. And then – pfft! It's all vanished. Max Reinhardt, one the greatest impresarios of theatrical history, had a lifelong ambition – to dissolve the boundary between theatre and the world it portrays. Each year at the Salzburg Festival he directed the famous morality play, Everyman, about God sending Death to summon a representative of mankind for judgment. The victim he chooses is a man who, like Reinhardt, rejoices in his wealth and all the pleasures that money can buy. Then in 1938 Hitler declares his own day of reckoning and sends Death into Austria - whereupon Reinhardt, a Jew, is left as naked and vulnerable as Everyman himself. Michael Frayn's Afterlife is the story of how Reinhardt achieves his great ambition; though in a way he can scarcely have foreseen.

REVIEWS

"In his seventy-fifth year Michael Frayn has produced a minor masterpiece, and maybe not so minor either. I'd guess Afterlife is the best verse drama in English since T.S. Eliot's Murder in the Cathedral..." - New Stateman

"A magnificent new play...Frayn exploits to chilling effect the ambiguous border between playing and reality." - Times Literary Supplement

"Afterlife...Michael Frayn's tremendous new play is a piece of history...with sharp style and thrilling clarity" - The New York Times

"Reinhardt describes himself as someone whose goal is to "break the bonds twixt world and dream," and Afterlife obliges him by turning his own story into an "Everyman" drama, a consideration of the transience of life and the inevitably of death, often delivered in rhymed couplets—It's clever and, as you might expect from Mr. Frayn, impeccably executed." - London Theatre Journal


Afterlife was first produced in the Lyttelton auditorium of the National Theatre, London, on June 11, 2008. The performance was directed by Michael Blakemore.

Characters

CASTING

6m, 2f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Room for Extras, Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)

CHORUS SIZE

N/A (Not a musical)

MAX REINHARDT
HELENE THIMIG - his companion and then second wife
GUSTI ADLER - his personal assistant
RUDOLF ‘KATIE’ KOMMER - his man of business
FRANZ - his valet
THE PRINCE ARCHBISHOP OF SALZBURG
FRIEDRICH MULLER - a citizen of Salzburg
THOMAS - footman, assistant, voice, etc.
JOSEF, LIESL, GRETL, and OTHERS

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MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

Author
Michael Frayn

Michael Frayn

Michael Frayn was born in London in 1933 and began his writing career as a reporter at The Guardian and The Observer. His subsequent plays include Alphabetical Order, Clouds, Donkeys' Years, Make and Break, Benefactors, Democracy, and Afterlife, which was developed for the Royal National Theatre in 2008. Copenhagen, first staged at the National, won the 1998 Evening Standard Award for Best Play of ... view full profile

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