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Earth Spirit: A Tragedy in Four Acts by Frank Wedekind
Translated by Samuel A. Eliot
Presented by the Online Stage
Frank Wedekind (1864-1918) was the most controversial dramatist of his age. Most of his work focuses on the ubiquity and inevitably corrupting influence of sexual attraction. His most famous plays are the two that depict the rise, fall, and eventual gruesome death of the vampish Lulu, who, in Wedekind’s presentation, became a ghastly parody of Goethe’s “Eternal Feminine”.
The first of the plays is Earth Spirit, in which Lulu marries and survives three husbands, only to face prosecution for the shooting of the third. Lulu’s later adventures are described in the following play, Pandora’s Box. The two plays were later bundled with Death and the Devil and Castle Wetterstein to form a tetralogy that was published as Tragedies of Sex.
Ringmaster/Rodrigo - Ron Altman
Lulu - Charlotte Duckett
Countess Geschwitz - Leanne Yau
Schigolch - Marty Krz
Alva Schön - Brett Downey
Dr. Schön - John Burlinson
Schwartz - Garrison Moore
Prince Escerny and Ferdinand - Joseph Tabler
Dr. Goll and Escherich - Alan Weyman
Alfred Hugenberg and Henriette - Chyanne Donnell
Stage directions read by Denis Daly
Audio edited by Denis Daly