Georg Büchner’s Woyzeck
Seattle Theatre Works is proud to present Georg Büchner’s rarely produced, unfinished, boundary-breaking Woyzeck at North Seattle College’s Stage One Theater September 16 through October 1, 2016. Seattle Theatre Works’ Woyzeck is a Partner Project of The 14/48 Projects.
Based on a real murder case that took place in Germany in 1821 involving one of the first insanity defenses in legal history, Woyzeck tells the story of a soldier struggling to survive abject poverty with a common law wife and new child. To make ends meet, he does his military service, performs odd jobs for his eccentric Captain, and subjects himself to strange experiments by a Doctor who forces him to eat only a diet of peas. As the forces bearing down on his existence begin to cause him to lose grip on his sanity, Woyzeck is forced over the edge when he discovers that his common law wife, Marie, engages in an affair with another soldier.
About the Playwright
A young playwright and scholar with a social justice mission to bring the issue of poverty and its consequences to the public’s attention, Büchner began writing what would become his most famous and studied work in 1836. Unfortunately, he succumbed to Typhus in 1837 at the age of 23 before completing the script, leaving only fragments of several drafts of this masterpiece in a desk drawer. Fortunately, these fragments were preserved, published in 1879, and produced for the first time in 1913 – launching “Woyzeck” into the theatre canon as one of the most influential plays of the 20th century. Some say it was the beginning of modernism and realism in theatre, others say it was the beginning of expressionism. One can see its influence on the likes of Bertolt Brecht, Antione Artaud, and Will Eno.
CAST & CREW
“Woyzeck” is adapted and directed by Daniel Tarker with design support by Steve Cooper (Lighting), Amy Lazerte (Costumes) Michael Owcharuk (Sound & Music), and Kim Rosin (Sets) with production support from Justin Babbitt (Stage Manager) and Kali Greenberg (ASM).
The cast includes Sarah Bixler (Ensemble), Leo Campbell-Klein (Ensemble), Peter Cook (The Captain), Matthew Edwards (Andre), Mike Gilson (Drum Major), Stephanie Graham (Marie), Chris Mayse (Woyzeck), Zoey Poole (Girl), Corey Spruill (Ensemble), Aaron Sterne (Boy), and Steven Sterne (The Doctor).
September 16 - October 1, 2016
Stage One Theatre
North Seattle College
9600 College Way North
Seattle, WA 98103
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