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Travesties - Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

Travesties

Tom Stoppard

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Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

5m, 3f

ISBN: 9780802150899

"Stoppard has spun out a fantastically elaborate web to snare his three giants in the same play...One of the great pleasures of the evening is Stoppard's skill in moving in and out of Wilde's dialogue and rewriting it for his own purposes." - The London Times

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Description

Full Length Play

Dramatic Comedy

Period

More than 120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - 1910s / WWI

Settings Of Play - Henry Carr's room and the Zurich Public Library.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Interior Set

Period Costumes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult

PERFORMANCE GROUP

College Theatre / Student, Professional Theatre, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Travesties was born out of Stoppard's noting that in 1917 three of the twentieth century's most crucial revolutionaries -- James Joyce, the Dadaist founder Tristan Tzara, and Lenin -- were all living in Zurich. Also living in Zurich at this time was a British consula official called Henry Carr, a man acquainted with Joyce through the theater and later through a lawsuit concerning a pair of trousers. Taking Carr as his core, Stoppard spins this historical coincidence into a masterful and riotously funny play, a speculative portrait of what could have been the meeting of these profoundly influential men in a germinal Europe as seen through the lucid, lurid, faulty, and wholy riveting memory of an aging Henry Carr.

REVIEWS

"Stoppard has spun out a fantastically elaborate web to snare his three giants in the same play...One of the great pleasures of the evening is Stoppard's skill in moving in and out of Wilde's dialogue and rewriting it for his own purposes." - The London Times


Travesties premiered at the Aldwych Theatre in a production by the Royal Shakespeare Company in London in June 1974 under the direction of Peter Wood.

Characters

CASTING

5m, 3f

HENRY CARR - appears as a shabby old man and as his youthful elegant self
TRISTAN TZARA - the Dadaist of that name. He was a short, dark-haired, very boysih looking young man, and charming (his word).
JAMES JOYCE - Joyce in 1917/18, aged 36. 
LENIN - Lenin in 1917, aged 47.
BENNETT - Carr's manservant. Quite a weighty presence. 
GWENDOLEN - Carr's younger sister. Young and attractive, but also a personality to be reckoned with. 
CECILY - also young and attractive and even more to be reckoned with. Also appears as her older self. 
NADYA - Nadezhda Krupskaya, Lenin's wife, aged 48.
Author
Tom Stoppard

Tom Stoppard

TOM STOPPARD Writer Plays: The Hard Problem, The Real Inspector Hound, After Magritte, Jumpers, Travesties, Every Good Boy Deserves Favour (with André Previn), Dirty Linen, New-Found-Land Dogg’s Hamlet, Cahoot’s Macbeth, Night and Day, The Real Thing, Hapgood, Arcadia, Indian Ink, The Invention of Love, The Coast of Utopia, Rock’n’Roll. Adaptations: On the Razzle (Nestroy), Rough Crossing ... view full profile

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