Customer Service available Mon - Fri 9am to 9pm EST Sat & Sun 1pm to 8pm EST

Monstrous Martyrdoms: Three Plays

Monstrous Martyrdoms: Three Plays

Eric Bentley

ISBN: 9780810120860

More Information Below:

Description | Author
Trade Paperback

This item is not in stock, but you aren't out of luck!

Let us know if you need it! We'll notify you once it is available.

Before adding items to your notifications list, please create an account or log-in.

Licensing Rights for this title are not available through Samuel French.

Winner of 2006 International Association of Theatre Critics Thalia Prize
Recipient of 2007 The Robert Chesley Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award in Playwriting
Winner of 2006 Village Voice OBIE Awards Lifetime Achievement Award
"The road will be red with monstrous martyrdoms, but we shall win." Oscar Wilde wrote these words at the end of the nineteenth century after serving two years at hard labor for the crime of being homosexual. This modern martyrdom is the subject of "Lord Alfred's Lover," Eric Bentley's Brechtian dramatization of Wilde's last days.
"H for Hamlet" is another variation on the modern martyr play, this time in homage to Pirandello. The protagonist thinks, or once thought, he was Hamlet. Fantasy? Perhaps. But, to paraphrase Marianne Moore, there was a real toad in the imaginary garden--a real martyr in the toy theatre.
In German Requiem, Bentley takes inspiration from Heinrich von Kleist's play "The Schroffenstein Family," which in turn is a version of Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet." The young star-crossed lovers in his play are martyrs of an internecine conflict much like those seen in recent history in Ireland and the Middle East.
Eric Bentley

Eric Bentley

Eric Bentley was born in England in 1916, became an American citizen in 1948, in 1998 was inducted into the (American) Theatre Hall of Fame, and in 2011 won a gold medal from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Scholar, critic, teacher, performer, translator and, finally, playwright , he has had many books published and many plays and adaptations performed, the latter feature making him a ... view full profile

Now Playing