Bennewitz, Goethe, 'Faust': German and Intercultural Stagings

By David G. John

© 2012

Fritz Bennewitz (1926-1995) was the director-in-chief of East Germany's Weimar National Theatre. Extraordinary in his capacity for cultural and linguistic adjustment, he directed productions in twelve countries, always adapting shows to make them meaningful to local audiences. Notably, Bennewitz conducted stagings of Goethe's Faust in four different languages over a series of seven productions — three in pre-unification Weimar, one in the reunited Germany, and one each in New York, Manila, and Mumbai.

The first comprehensive account of Bennewitz's remarkable career, Bennewitz, Goethe, Faust is also a pioneering study of intercultural interpretations of Faust. David G. John brings to light previously unknown archival materials — including annotated playbooks, correspondence, translations, videos, and reception information — as well as unpublished production photos from the stagings discussed in the book. Bennewitz, Goethe, Faust makes a cogent argument for this director's place alongside the twentieth century's greatest theatre innovators.

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  • Series: German and European Studies
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 344 pages
  • Illustrations: 16
  • Dimensions: 6.3in x 1.2in x 9.3in
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Bennewitz, Goethe, Faust makes a cogent argument for this director's place alongside the twentieth century's greatest theatre innovators.

Bennewitz, Goethe, 'Faust': German and Intercultural Stagings

By David G. John

© 2012

Fritz Bennewitz (1926-1995) was the director-in-chief of East Germany's Weimar National Theatre. Extraordinary in his capacity for cultural and linguistic adjustment, he directed productions in twelve countries, always adapting shows to make them meaningful to local audiences. Notably, Bennewitz conducted stagings of Goethe's Faust in four different languages over a series of seven productions — three in pre-unification Weimar, one in the reunited Germany, and one each in New York, Manila, and Mumbai.

The first comprehensive account of Bennewitz's remarkable career, Bennewitz, Goethe, Faust is also a pioneering study of intercultural interpretations of Faust. David G. John brings to light previously unknown archival materials — including annotated playbooks, correspondence, translations, videos, and reception information — as well as unpublished production photos from the stagings discussed in the book. Bennewitz, Goethe, Faust makes a cogent argument for this director's place alongside the twentieth century's greatest theatre innovators.

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Product Details

  • Series: German and European Studies
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 344 pages
  • Illustrations: 16
  • Dimensions: 6.3in x 1.2in x 9.3in
  • Reviews

    ‘This unique introduction to the work of a pivotal GDR Faust interpreter fills a gap in scholarship and offers stimulus for future research. Highly recommended’
    E. Wickersham
    Choice Magazine, vol 50:02:2012
  • Author Information

    David G. John is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus of German at the University of Waterloo as well as the founding director of the Waterloo Centre for German Studies.
  • Table of contents

    Abbreviations

    Foreword

    Documentation

    Part I Bennewitz

    1. Persona and Theory

    • Slim Recognition
    • Biography
    • Split Personality
    • Politics
    • Dogma and Theory

    2. Peers

    • Erika Stephan
    • Dieter Görne
    • Wolfgang Engel

    Part II The German Fausts: Chronicle of a Society

    3. Hooray for Socialism! Weimar 1965/67

    • Background
    • Audience Preparation
    • The Performance
    • Essential Features
    • Critical Reception
    • The Party Line
    • Conclusion

    4. Hooray for Socialism? Weimar 1975

    • Background
    • Audience Preparation
    • The Performance
    • Essential Features
    • Critical Reception
    • The Party Line
    • Conclusion

    5. Socialism? Weimar 1981/82

    • Background
    • Audience and Cast Preparation
    • The Performance
    • Essential Features
    • Critical Reception
    • The Party Line
    • Conclusion

    6. Alles für die Katz': Meiningen 1995

    • Background
    • The Performance
    • Critical Reception
    • Conclusion

    Part III The Intercultural Fausts

    7.   The First Black Gretchen: New York 1978

    • Background
    • The Performance
    • Performance Consciousness
    • Critical Reception
    • Conclusion

    8. The Hindu Faust: Bombay 1994

    • Background
    • The Performance
    • Critical Reception
    • Aftermath
    • Conclusion

    9. The Christian Faust: Manila 1994

    • Background
    • The Performance
    • Critical Reception
    • Aftermath
    • Conclusion

    10. From Loyalist to Intercultural Pioneer

    Part IV Documentation

    Bibliography

    Appendices

    • Highlight Biography
    • Travels
    • Plays directed
    • Holdings of the Fritz Bennewitz Archive in Leipzig: A Treasure Trove for Researchers

    Index

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