Don Juan in Chicago by David Ives

Pros: Don Juan is a quick and fabulously farce with a beautiful ending twist. Unlike many lesser farces, the major characters grow, change and learn. One set = cheaper production costs!

Challenges:

Language:

  • “Fuck”: Up to 10 times throughout
  • “Fellatio”: Used to report the commission of same
  • Several references to sex (the play is about Don Juan!)

Action: Stereotypical “sex noises” are heard onstage while the act is masked by a curtained bed

Verse: Much of the play is in tight rhyming verse. This will take much practice to make perfect.

Casting: 5 males, 3 females, 20-50

Major characters:

Don Juan: male, late 20’s-early 30’s

Leporello: male, late 30’s-late 40’s

Mephistopheles: male, 20-70

Elvira: female, late 20’s-early 30’s

Props/Scenery: One set: a vaguely medieval room which could be in a castle in 1599 or an apartment building in 2015 (with different furniture).

Difficult props:

  • Medieval sorcery props: hourglass, flasks, bubbling cauldron, standing candleholders, etc.
  • Prop dagger /knife with retractable blade for stabbing
  • Mephistopheles needs magic tricks (poof-appear, poof-a contract)

Costumes:

1599:

  • Rich Medieval costumes for 2 males, 1 female
  • Mephistopheles: Medieval representation of the devil (also Act 2)

2015: modern costumes for 7 actors, devil same as above

Available for lending from Augustana College, Tredway Library, Rock Island , IL

http://variety.com/1995/legit/reviews/don-juan-in-chicago-1200440947/

http://www.nytheatre.com/Review/richard-hinojosa-2005-3-4-don-juan-in-chicago

DJCHI

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