VPDB11; Barry Freeman Group production pitch Wednesday, October 6 th , 2010 Heather Bellingham, Peter Christian, Katie Fung & Ebony Gittens. Molière. Jean Baptiste de Pouquelin (1621-1673). Molière’ s Don Juan. A comedy incorporating modern ideas and influences of commedia dell’ arte.
Group production pitch
Wednesday, October 6th, 2010
Heather Bellingham, Peter Christian,
Katie Fung & Ebony Gittens
Jean Baptiste de Pouquelin (1621-1673)
A comedy incorporating modern ideas and influences of commedia dell’ arte
A character of social satire
[Social satire] literature which criticizes societal flaws and follies in a sarcastic and/or witty manner
Pangs Theater Ensemble (October 2007, San Francisco)
The National Theater of the United States of America
The National Theatre of Greece
“A libertine is one devoid of most moral restraints, which are seen as unnecessary or undesirable, especially one who ignores or even spurns accepted morals and forms of behavior sanctioned by the larger society.”
How Shall I Act?
Key idea of production concept: Exploiting the similarities between the 17thcentury libertine and the modern day celebrity
Modern Day Celebrity.
Act One: a palace becomes a mansion in Beverly Hills
Act Two: a country place by the sea becomes a beach with an ice-cream stand
Act Four: Don Juan’s apartment is the Hilton
Issues/concerns that we came across:
The Statue His sudden appearance and what his defined role in the play is
Religious aspects of the play Can there be a form of hell for atheists?
Comedy becoming too gimmicky Although Don Juan and Don Elvira resemble celebrities, they should not parody any existing celebrities
Bellinger, Martha Fletcher. A Short History of the Drama. New York: Henry Holt & Company, 1927.
Chisholm, Hugh. "Libertine." Encyclopædia Britannica (Eleventh ed.). Cambridge University Press., 1911.
Don Juan. By Moliere. Pangs Theater Ensemble. San Francisco. October 2007.
Don Juan. By Moliere. National Theatre of Greece. Ziller Building – Central Stage. Jan-May 2010.
Gethner, Perry. "How is it Played? Dramatic Genre and the Don Juan Theme." Didaskalia (1995): http://www.didaskalia.net/issues/supplement1/gethner.html.
Moliere's Don Juan. By Moliere. The National Theater of the United States of America. The Chocolate Factory, New York.
Now get ready for a short scene from our version of Don Juan (Act One; beginning at the bottom of p.40 in your text) Enjoy!