by George Bernard Shaw
directed by Charlotte Moore
August 15 – September 17, 2000
Don Juan was originally the third act dream sequence of Man and Superman, but has been broken out as its own piece, separate of the 1903 comedy of the sexes. In Don Juan, the banished souls have nothing but time on their hands, so Don Juan converses with the Devil on a wide range of subjects with interjections from a woman he once seduced and a man he killed.
The Devil, of course, defends those hedonistic amenities, whereas Juan, a true Shavian, wants none of them and heads for a thinker’s Heaven. The Commander, who had become the Statue, and Doña Ana, the Lady par excellence, make their own idiosyncratic contributions to the great debate.
“Ms. Moore’s cast of actors are veteran pros who bring considerable technical expertise to the undertaking, and Shaw could not ask for more poised advocates.” –The New York Times
“Shaw’s metaphysical drollery and acrobatic repartee come unsquelchably through.” –New York Magazine