These plays by Eric Bentley, all of them variations on plays by Heinrich von Kleist, as follows: Concord, which depicts discord in Concord, Massachusetts around the year 1800. From Kleist's The Broken Jug: who broke that jug? It hardly seems a metaphysical question, or even an important one. But in a sense it was. Eric Bentley has explored it. The Fall of the Amazons, in which the Greek hero Achilles is slain by the Amazon queen, Penthesilea. Kleist rejected the older version of the story in which he killed her. Kleist's version receives another twist from Eric Bentley. Wannsee is the third play in The Kleist Variations (and also the lake on whose shores Heinrich von Kleist committed suicide). But his play Cathy of Heilbronn rather leaves the impression that ""God's in his Heaven, all's right with the world."" Eric Bentley juxtaposes the suicide and the play. The Kleist Variations follows Monstrous Martyrdoms and Rallying Cries, nine Bentley plays in all. The Kleist Variations was written for the theatre of the State University of New York in Buffalo and was first produced there.
Publisher: Northwestern University Press
Number of pages: 210
Weight: 367 g
Dimensions: 230 x 154 x 12 mm
Edition: Second Edition
"The name Eric Bentley is enough to guarantee the significance of any book of or about the drama." --Robert Penn Warren