Full Length Play
More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
Time Period - 1900-1910
Settings Of Play - Vienna in the fall and early winter of the year 1900, and
other times and places, 1896 to 1902. Freud's office, Dora's house, a dining room at a hotel, Herr Klippstein's office, a street, a lake shore with a dock.
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Unit Set/Multiple Settings
Intense Adult Themes
College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
Finalist! National Play Award
This funny drama takes place in Vienna, 1900. A beautiful and brilliant young girl enters the office of Sigmund Freud to begin the most famous and controversial encounter in psychoanalysis. Dora is funny, suspicious, sarcastic and elusive. Freud becomes obsessed by her and he moves like a detective through the mystery of her mind, finding a lecherous father, an obsessed mother, an irritating brother, a sinister admirer with a seductive wife, and a lost little governess. Nightmares, fantasies, hallucinations and memories materialize on stage in a kaleidoscopic tapestry as Freud moves closer and closer to the truth about Dora's murky past. Is Dora sick or is the corrupt patriarchal society in which she and Freud are trapped the source of a complex group neurosis that binds the characters together in a web of desperate erotic relationships? The play becomes a war between Dora and Freud over the nature of truth and the uneasy truce between men and women. This tragic love story is laced with haunting Strauss waltzes.
First produced at the Ohio State University Department of Theatre in Columbus, Ohio, in April 1985. It was directed by the author. It received its regional premiere at the McCarter Theatre in Princeton, New Jersey, under artistic director Nagle Jackson, in 1988. It was directed by Robert Lanchester.