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Amy Elizabeth Fairfield

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Transcript of Woyzeck

First Ever Performance
Why and How?
poor, hopeless soldier, alone and powerless.
Max Reinhardt
Revolving Stage
The German soldier’s costume of the time was heavily influenced by French military garb. Officers wore a tri-corner hat with gold trimmings, a black scarf, a white or blue coat with a gold braid on the outside, matching breeches and knee-high boots.
A revolving stage is a mechanically controlled platform within a theatre that can be rotated in order to speed up the changing of a scene within a show. A fully revolving set was an innovation constructed by the hydraulics engineer Tommaso Francini for an elaborately produced pageant.Today rotating stages are still in use. ''Les Misérables'' is probably one of the most notable modern uses of a rotating stage. It was recorded to have made sixty-three rotations each performance during its original run in London. It is common practice to reverse the rotation of a rotating stage as frequently as possible to prevent cables from becoming twisted, and eventually breaking.

Saturday, November 8, 1913
Vol XCIII, No. 311
Original Performance Conditions
As the demand grew for more scenic realism in Western theatre, the use of three-dimensional furnishings and box sets forced scene changes to take place behind the drop curtain between acts. For shifting heavy three-dimensional settings, a revolving stage was developed in 1896 at the Residenztheater in Munich and was soon widely adopted. I is here that Woyzeck was first performed, and was recieved positively. Each scene in Woyzeck is a little “slice of life,” beginning
in medias res
and ending at times with startling abruptness.It is speculated that the reason for the large span of time between publication and performance, is the difficulty in staging such short scenes. Using curtains is impractical; therefore directors are forced to think of alternate ways of staging.
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