Unfortunately, the legendary playwright and social justice warrior Georg Büchner dropped dead of typhus in 1837 before he could complete his boundary-breaking work Woyzeck. It was published posthumously as fragments, and though it is his most famous work, it is rarely produced for this reason.
Hence, you really should take any opportunity to see it! Seattle Theatre Works proudly present the playwright’s masterpiece at North Seattle College’s Stage One Theatre, adapted and directed by Daniel Tarker. Seattle Theatre Works has this to say about Woyzeck:
Based on a real murder case that took place in Germany in 1821 involving one of the first insanity defenses in legal history, Woyzeck tells the story of a soldier struggling to survive abject poverty with a common law wife and new child. To make ends meet, he does his military service, performs odd jobs for his eccentric Captain, and subjects himself to strange experiments by a Doctor who forces him to eat only a diet of peas. As the forces bearing down on his existence begin to cause him to lose grip on his sanity, Woyzeck is forced over the edge when he discovers that his common law wife, Marie, engages in an affair with another soldier.
Georg Büchner’s Woyzeck
When: September 16-October 1
Where: Stage One at North Seattle College (9600 College Way N)
Tickets are available online starting at $20