By Neil LaBute
His female friend, Marie, via whom he’s fathered a toddler; Marie’s overpowering hope for the fascinating Drum- significant; and the murderous final result of this oppressive admixture of situations is surely one of many bleakest works of global literature. it's also thought of by way of many to mark the start of contemporary drama.
In this strong adaption, Neil LaBute embraces the glittering darkness of Woyzeck's violent, erotic, inhumane international and uncompromisingly makes it his personal. From his starting in an working theatre after which scene via macabre scene, LaBute imbues this vintage along with his singular depth and ethical imaginative and prescient, as he's taking it to its nightmarish conclusion.
Included during this quantity is Neil LaBute’s provocative new monologue “Kandahar,” within which a soldier again from Afghanistan flippantly explains his devastating activities of the day sooner than. A gripping stand-alone piece, this brief paintings can also be a trenchant modern day exploration of the effective and enduring issues of Woyzeck.
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WOYZECK nods, then returns to his shaving. The CAPTAIN eyes him suspiciously. CAPTAIN Say whatever, Woyzeck! What’s the elements this night? WOYZECK undesirable, sir. Very undesirable … CAPTAIN sure. It’s an lousy wind available in the market, isn’t it? supplies me a kick back. (Slyly. ) I’d bet it’s a North-Southerly … WOYZECK definite, sir. CAPTAIN Ha! “North-Southerly! ” Ha-ha! Lord yet you’re dense, Woyzeck! exceedingly dense!! WOYZECK shudders and turns away. His arms start to shake as he increases the razor up above his head. He stops because the CAPTAIN places a hand on his shoulder. CAPTAIN You’re a superb type, Woyzeck, yet you’re thick. And you’ve acquired no morals. Morals are, good, you recognize … whilst one observes morality. That’s the way it is going. yet you’ve acquired a toddler with no the blessing of the church. i feel that’s the expression … “without blessing. ” WOYZECK Being bad … the Lord has stated to “suffer the sons and daughters that they need to come unto him. ” CAPTAIN What do you suggest, Woyzeck? That’s a wierd factor to claim … you’re complicated the problem! WOYZECK Don’t you spot, sir? Being bad … it’s funds. in case you have no cash, good … you’re simply slightly getting alongside during this international. slightly. yet we’re flesh and blood, too … it’s simply that we by no means have any success, that’s all. by no means. the following or within the hereafter. (Beat. ) If i am getting as much as Heaven, I count on I’ll be placed to paintings at the thunder … I’m definite i'm going to. The CAPTAIN stares at WOYZECK —unsure easy methods to care for all that's spilling out of the fellow. The CAPTAIN stands up, shaving cream nonetheless on his face. CAPTAIN Woyzeck, you don't have any advantage. you're not the virtuous variety! “Flesh and blood?! ” whilst I’m mendacity by way of the window, in my room, and it’s been raining … if I see a couple of white stockings relocating down the road, skipping down the … (Beat. ) good, damnit, Woyzeck, i think hope, in fact I do! I’m a guy! yet I’m a great guy, Woyzeck. A virtuous guy. And as they cross through, these stockings, I say to myself, “You’re a great guy, a virtuous guy. an exceptional, stable guy. ” The CAPTAIN stares at WOYZECK a second, then settles backpedal into the chair. last his eyes. CAPTAIN and prefer all white stockings on candy, skinny legs … finally, they circulate alongside. WOYZECK carefully returns to the chore of shaving the CAPTAIN’s neck. WOYZECK certain, sir, i feel you’re correct, sir. I don’t imagine advantage is way robust in me. you notice, humans like me, like us fogeys, now we have little advantage. no need for it, fairly. We in simple terms have what’s common to us. To wish. Or wish. (Beat. ) but when i used to be a gentleman in a hat and coat with a beautiful watch and the entire right phrases … I’d be virtuous, too. i do know i might. It needs to suppose superb, sir. To be virtuous. challenge is, I’m just a negative guy … and nobody desires to pay attention a terrible guy converse. even if he has whatever to claim … CAPTAIN glance, Woyzeck, you appear to be a great sufficient fellow … yet you’re regularly having a pipe dream. considering. (Beat. ) You’ll run your self down, with all these techniques of yours … you’re donning your self out, together with your grinding away on strategies like these. you usually appear so wrung out! (Beat. ) You haven’t been examining back, have you ever?