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First performed in Germany in 1906, Frank Wedekinds controversial play Spring Awakening closed after one night in New York in 1917 amid charges of obscenity and public outrage. For the better part of the twentieth century Wedekinds intense body of work was largely unpublished and rarely performed. Yet the plays subject matter—teenage desire, suicide, abortion, and homosexuality—is as explosive and important today as it was acentury ago. Spring Awakening follows the lives of three teenagers, Melchior, Moritz, and Wendl, as they navigate their entry into sexual awareness. Unlike so many works that claim to tell the truth of adolescence, Spring Awakening offers no easy answersor redemption.

Today, one hundred years after the plays first performance, a new musical version of this essential modern masterpiece is being hailed as the “best new musical . . . in a generation” (John Heilpern, The New York Observer). Franzens version of the text—for so long poorly served in English—is unique in capturing the bizarre and inimitable comic spirit that animates almost every line of this unrelentingly tragic play. There couldnt be a better time for this thrilling, definitive new translation.

Jonathan Franzen is the author of The Corrections, winner of the 2001 National Book Award for fiction; the novels The Twenty-Seventh City and Strong Motion; and two works of nonfiction, How to Be Alone and The Discomfort Zone, all published by FSG.
 
Frank Wedekind, born July 24, 1864, was a German actor and playwright. He lived in Switzerland (1872–84) and then in Munich, where he worked at various jobs, including journalist and cabaret performer. He wrote plays from 1891, when his tragedy The Awakening of Spring created a scandal with its theme of awakening adolescent sexuality. In his “Lulu” cycle, Earth Spirit (1895) and Pandora's Box (1904), he extended the theme of sex to the underworld of society and introduced the amoral Lulu. His plays used episodic scenes, fragmented dialogue, distortion, and caricature, prefiguring the Theatre of the Absurd and forming a transition from realism to Expressionism.
First performed in Germany in 1906, Frank Wedekind's controversial play Spring Awakening closed after one night in New York in 1917 amid charges of obscenity and public outrage. For the better part of the twentieth century, Wedekind's intense body of work was largely unpublished and rarely performed. Yet the play's subject matter—teenage desire, suicide, abortion, and homosexuality—is as explosive and important today as it was a century ago. Spring Awakening follows the lives of three teenagers, Melchior, Moritz, and Wendl, as they navigate their entry into sexual awareness. Unlike so many works that claim to tell the truth of adolescence, Spring Awakening offers no easy answers or redemption.

Today, one hundred years after the play's first performance, a new musical version of this essential modern masterpiece is being hailed as the "best new musical . . . in a generation" (John Heilpern, The New York Observer). Franzen's translation of the text—for so long poorly served in English—is unique in capturing the bizarre and inimitable comic spirit that animates almost every line of this tragic play.

"Spring Awakening is the best play ever written about teenagers, and Jonathan Franzen's fraught yet buoyant translation is the best I've ever read. In a culture where lies about adolescence prevail, this funny and honest play is more relevant than ever. Spring Awakening is essential reading."—Christopher Shinn, The New School

"In the introduction to his new translation, Franzen offers good insights into Wedekind's text and also provides a thoroughly damning critique of Sater's musical, essentially illustrating that the soul of the original is lost. And he's right."—Justin Maxwell, Rain Taxi

Synopsis:

Spring's Awakening is a tragi-comedy of teenage sex. Its fourteen-year-old heroine, Wendla, is killed by abortion pills. The young Moritz, terrorized by the world around him, and especially by his teachers, shoots himself. The ending seems likely to be the suicide of Moritz's friend, Melchior, but in a confrontation with a mysterious stranger (the famous Masked Man) he finally manages to shed his illusions and face the consequences.

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< div> < div> First performed in Germany in 1906, Frank Wedekind& #8217; s controversial play < i> Spring Awakening < /i> closed after one night in New York in 1917 amid charges of obscenity and public outrage. For the better part of the twentieth century Wedekind& #8217; s intense body of work was largely unpublished and rarely performed. Yet the play& #8217; s subject matter& #8212; teenage desire, suicide, abortion, and homosexuality& #8212; is as explosive and important today as it was acentury ago. < i> Spring Awakening < /i> follows the lives of three teenagers, Melchior, Moritz, and Wendl, as they navigate their entry into sexual awareness. Unlike so many works that claim to tell the truth of adolescence, < i> Spring Awakening < /i> offers no easy answersor redemption.< br> < br> Today, one hundred years after the play& #8217; s first performance, a new musical version of this essential modern masterpiece is being hailed as the & #8220; best new musical . . . in a generation& #8221; (John Heilpern, < i> The New York Observer< /i> ). Franzen& #8217; s version of the text& #8212; for so long poorly served in English& #8212; is unique in capturing the bizarre and inimitable comic spirit that animates almost every line of this unrelentingly tragic play. There couldn& #8217; t be a better time for this thrilling, definitive new translation.< /div> < /div>

Synopsis:

First performed in Germany in 1906, Frank Wedekind's controversial play Spring Awakening closed after one night in New York in 1917 amid charges of obscenity and public outrage. For the better part of the twentieth century Wedekind's intense body of work was largely unpublished and rarely performed. Yet the play's subject matter--teenage desire, suicide, abortion, and homosexuality--is as explosive and important today as it was acentury ago. Spring Awakening follows the lives of three teenagers, Melchior, Moritz, and Wendl, as they navigate their entry into sexual awareness. Unlike so many works that claim to tell the truth of adolescence, Spring Awakening offers no easy answersor redemption.

Today, one hundred years after the play's first performance, a new musical version of this essential modern masterpiece is being hailed as the "best new musical . . . in a generation" (John Heilpern, The New York Observer). Franzen's version of the text--for so long poorly served in English--is unique in capturing the bizarre and inimitable comic spirit that animates almost every line of this unrelentingly tragic play. There couldn't be a better time for this thrilling, definitive new translation.

About the Author

Jonathan Franzen is the author of The Corrections, winner of the 2001 National Book Award for fiction; the novels The Twenty-Seventh City and Strong Motion; and two works of nonfiction, How to Be Alone and The Discomfort Zone, all published by FSG.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780865479784
Author:
Wedekind, Frank
Publisher:
Faber & Faber
Translator:
Franzen, Jonathan
Author:
Franzen, Jonathan
Subject:
Theater - General
Subject:
Continental european
Subject:
General Drama
Subject:
English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Subject:
German drama
Subject:
Drama-Women and Ethnic
Subject:
European - General
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20070931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Notes
Pages:
112
Dimensions:
8.31 x 5.5 x 0.305 in

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"Synopsis" by , Spring's Awakening is a tragi-comedy of teenage sex. Its fourteen-year-old heroine, Wendla, is killed by abortion pills. The young Moritz, terrorized by the world around him, and especially by his teachers, shoots himself. The ending seems likely to be the suicide of Moritz's friend, Melchior, but in a confrontation with a mysterious stranger (the famous Masked Man) he finally manages to shed his illusions and face the consequences.
"Synopsis" by , < div> < div> First performed in Germany in 1906, Frank Wedekind& #8217; s controversial play < i> Spring Awakening < /i> closed after one night in New York in 1917 amid charges of obscenity and public outrage. For the better part of the twentieth century Wedekind& #8217; s intense body of work was largely unpublished and rarely performed. Yet the play& #8217; s subject matter& #8212; teenage desire, suicide, abortion, and homosexuality& #8212; is as explosive and important today as it was acentury ago. < i> Spring Awakening < /i> follows the lives of three teenagers, Melchior, Moritz, and Wendl, as they navigate their entry into sexual awareness. Unlike so many works that claim to tell the truth of adolescence, < i> Spring Awakening < /i> offers no easy answersor redemption.< br> < br> Today, one hundred years after the play& #8217; s first performance, a new musical version of this essential modern masterpiece is being hailed as the & #8220; best new musical . . . in a generation& #8221; (John Heilpern, < i> The New York Observer< /i> ). Franzen& #8217; s version of the text& #8212; for so long poorly served in English& #8212; is unique in capturing the bizarre and inimitable comic spirit that animates almost every line of this unrelentingly tragic play. There couldn& #8217; t be a better time for this thrilling, definitive new translation.< /div> < /div>
"Synopsis" by ,
First performed in Germany in 1906, Frank Wedekind's controversial play Spring Awakening closed after one night in New York in 1917 amid charges of obscenity and public outrage. For the better part of the twentieth century Wedekind's intense body of work was largely unpublished and rarely performed. Yet the play's subject matter--teenage desire, suicide, abortion, and homosexuality--is as explosive and important today as it was acentury ago. Spring Awakening follows the lives of three teenagers, Melchior, Moritz, and Wendl, as they navigate their entry into sexual awareness. Unlike so many works that claim to tell the truth of adolescence, Spring Awakening offers no easy answersor redemption.

Today, one hundred years after the play's first performance, a new musical version of this essential modern masterpiece is being hailed as the "best new musical . . . in a generation" (John Heilpern, The New York Observer). Franzen's version of the text--for so long poorly served in English--is unique in capturing the bizarre and inimitable comic spirit that animates almost every line of this unrelentingly tragic play. There couldn't be a better time for this thrilling, definitive new translation.

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