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Jean Giraudoux

JEAN GIRAUDOUX   (1882 - 1944)

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Hippolyte Jean Giraudoux , b. Oct. 29, 1882, d. Jan. 31, 1944, was a French dramatist who wrote 15 plays, most initially staged by the actor-director Louis Jouvet and later internationally acclaimed. Giraudoux was also a prose writer and served France as a diplomat and government official. Giraudoux was born in the village of Bellac and studied at the Ecole Normale Superieure. In his youth he traveled extensively - to Germany, Italy, the Balkans, Canada, and the United States, where he spent a year (1906-07) as an instructor at Harvard. Returning to France, he served in World War I, was twice wounded, and became the first writer ever to be awarded the wartime Legion of Honor. His worldwide importance rests on such plays as Amphitryon 38 (1929; Eng. trans., 1938), Judith (1931), Tiger at the Gates (1935; Eng. adaptation of La Guerre de Troie n'aura pas lieu, 1955, by Christopher Fry), Ondine (1939; Eng. trans., 1961), and The Madwoman of Chaillot (1945; Eng. trans., 1949), which was published and produced posthumously. Giraudoux also wrote five novels, the best known being My Friend from Limousin (1922; Eng. trans., 1923) and Bella (1926; Eng. trans., 1927), and numerous short stories. He was one of France's outstanding essayists during the interwar years, best known for such literary studies as Racine (1930) and such political studies as Pleins Pouvoirs (Full Powers, 1939). At the start of World War II he served as minister of information under Premier Édouard Daladier. Giraudoux's dramatic and narrative style is a rich and inimitable blend of allusive prose, allegory, fantasy, and political and psychological perceptions. He tempered tragic themes with rueful comedy, as though he wished to unite the contrasting qualities of Racine, Moliere, Maeterlinck, and Baudelaire.

Adaptation / Translations of Plays by Jean Giraudoux

ROGER GELLERT  

Amphitryon

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1st Published:

Contained in: "Giraudoux Plays volume Two" published by Methuen 1967

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Genre:

Translation

Parts:

Male

-

Female

-

Parts other:

-

Notes:

Original Playwright - Jean Giraudoux

Synopsis:

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S N BEHRMAN  

Amphitryon 38

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1st Published:

Dramatists Play Service, NY, 1952

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Music:

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Genre:

Adaptation

Parts:

Male

6

Female

5

Parts other:

-

Notes:

Original Playwright - Jean Giraudoux

Synopsis:

The story follows the outlines of the legend of Amphitryon, Alkmena, and Jupiter, in which Jupiter descends to Earth, impersonates the General Amphitryon - Alkmena's husband - and makes love to her. Difficulties arise when the father of the gods is met with stubborn resistance. For Alkmena is faithful to her husband. Even the greatest god can win her only after much ungodlike embarrassment and, in desperation, the unsportsmanlike device of impersonating Amphitryon himself.

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RONALD DUNCAN  

Apollo De Bellac, The

1st Produced:

London

1957

Company:

n/a

1st Published:

Samuel French, London, 1958

ISBN/ASIN:

978-0573620171

Music:

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Genre:

Translation

Parts:

Male

6

Female

3

Parts other:

-

Notes:

Original Playwright - Jean Giraudoux

Synopsis:

A young woman, Agnes goes to the Patents Office in Paris. The building's commissionaire refuses to let her in. They talk and he discovers that she is afraid of men. He tells her that the way to get over this is to tell the man that he is beautiful, the man will become her devoted slave and she then will be over her fear. She practices on a chandelier which when told it is beautiful switches itself on. She soon has the entire board of the Patent Office and the male staff all under her spell. The board's secretary - enamoured by Agnes, sacks his fiancee and gives job. Agnes thinks he looks like the Apollo de Bellac. He asks for a kiss - but once she has kissed him she sees that he is a wrinkled little old man

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HENRY MARA  

Apollo Of Bellac

1st Produced:

Mahatma Gandhi Hall, london

1956

Company:

Studio Theatre Club

1st Published:

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ISBN/ASIN:

-

Music:

-

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Genre:

Adaptation

Parts:

Male

7

Female

3

Parts other:

-

Notes:

Original Playwright - Jean Giraudoux

Synopsis:

n/a

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MAURICE VALENCY  

Apollo of Bellac

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1st Published:

Contained in: "Giraudoux Four Plays Volume One" published by Hill and Wang,

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-

Music:

-

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Genre:

Translation

Parts:

Male

-

Female

0

Parts other:

-

Notes:

Original Playwright - Jean Giraudoux

Synopsis:

n/a

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ALEX SZOGYI  

Apollo of Bellac, The

1st Produced:

Portland Stage, Portland

2004

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1st Published:

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Music:

-

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Genre:

Translation One act

Parts:

Male

-

Female

-

Parts other:

-

Notes:

Original Playwright - Jean Giraudoux

Synopsis:

All you need do to get on is tell everyone how beautiful they are

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DAVID BRYER  

Breakers, The

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Genre:

Adaptation

Parts:

Male

-

Female

-

Parts other:

-

Notes:

Original Playwright - Jean Giraudoux. Original title "Des Meeres und der Liebe Wellen"

Synopsis:

An old Irishman is busking in the London Underground when the lights go out

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JEROME LAWRENCE  

Dear World

1st Produced:

Mark Hellinger Theatre, New York

1969

Company:

n/a

1st Published:

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ISBN/ASIN:

-

Music:

Original cast recording: Sony (48220) 1969

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Genre:

Adaptation

Parts:

Male

-

Female

0

Parts other:

-

Notes:

Original Playwright - Jean Giraudoux (The Madwoman of Chaillot); with Robert E Lee, music by Jerry Herman

Synopsis:

Further Reference:

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ROBERT E LEE  

Dear World

1st Produced:

New York

1969

Company:

n/a

1st Published:

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ISBN/ASIN:

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Genre:

Adaptation

Parts:

Male

-

Female

0

Parts other:

-

Notes:

Original Playwright - Jean Giraudoux (The Madwoman of Chaillot); with Jerome Lawrence, music by Jerry Herman

Synopsis:

Further Reference:

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CHRISTOPHER FRY  

Duel Of Angels

1st Produced:

Theatre Royal, Newcastle upon Tyne

1958

Company:

n/a

1st Published:

Methuen Drama, London >>>, 1958

ISBN/ASIN:

-

Music:

-

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Genre:

3 acts in prose - adaptation Play/Drama

Parts:

Male

22

Female

10

Parts other:

-

Notes:

Original Playwright - Jean Giraudoux (Pour Lucrece). directed by Jean-Louis Barrault and starring Claire Bloom, Vivien Leigh and other major actors

Synopsis:

modern retelling of Lucretia legend - virtuous woman is trapped into believing she has been unfaithful

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DAVID BRYER  

Electra

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Genre:

Translation

Parts:

Male

-

Female

-

Parts other:

-

Notes:

Original Playwright - Jean Giraudoux

Synopsis:

n/a

Further Reference:

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MAURICE VALENCY  

Enchanted, the

1st Produced:

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- - -

Company:

n/a

1st Published:

Samuel French, NY,

ISBN/ASIN:

-

Music:

-

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Genre:

Adaptation

Parts:

Male

9

Female

11

Parts other:

-

Notes:

Original Playwright - Jean Giraudoux

Synopsis:

a charming young lady in a provincial French town is obsessed by the supernatural, she then falls in love a discovers the joys of the natural world

Further Reference:

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ROGER GELLERT  

Intermezzo

1st Produced:

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Company:

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1st Published:

Contained in: "Giraudoux Plays volume Two" published by Methuen 1967

ISBN/ASIN:

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Music:

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Genre:

Translation

Parts:

Male

-

Female

-

Parts other:

-

Notes:

Original Playwright - Jean Giraudoux

Synopsis:

n/a

Further Reference:

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CHRISTOPHER FRY  

Judith

1st Produced:

London

1962

Company:

n/a

1st Published:

Methuen Drama, London >>>, 1962

ISBN/ASIN:

-

Music:

-

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Genre:

Adaptation

Parts:

Male

-

Female

0

Parts other:

-

Notes:

Original Playwright - Jean Giraudoux

Synopsis:

Further Reference:

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JOHN K SAVACOOL  

Judith

1st Produced:

Phoenix Theatre, New York

25 Mar 1965

Company:

n/a

1st Published:

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-

Music:

-

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Genre:

Translation

Parts:

Male

-

Female

-

Parts other:

-

Notes:

Original Playwright - Jean Giraudoux

Synopsis:

n/a

Further Reference:

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CLAUDE-ALBERT SAUCIER  

Mad Woman of Chaillot

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Genre:

Translation

Parts:

Male

-

Female

0

Parts other:

-

Notes:

Original Playwright - Jean Giraudoux

Synopsis:

n/a

Further Reference:

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MAURICE VALENCY  

Mad Woman Of Chaillot

1st Produced:

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Company:

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1st Published:

Dramatists Play Service, NY,

ISBN/ASIN:

-

Music:

-

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Genre:

Adaptation

Parts:

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-

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0

Parts other:

Principal roles for 17 men and 8 women plus a number of minor roles, some without lines: 20 total

Notes:

Original Playwright - Jean Giraudoux

Synopsis:

The play is a kind of poetic and comic fable set in the twilight zone of the not-quite-true. At the Cafe Chez Francis, a group of promoters plot to tear up Paris in order to unearth the oil which a prospector believes he has located in the neighborhood. These grandiose plans come to the attention of The Madwoman of Chaillot who is ostensibly not normal in her mind but who is soon shown to be the very essence of practical worldly goodness and common sense. She sees through the crookedness of the prospector and insists that the world is being turned into an unhappy place by the thieves and those who are greedy for worldly goods and power. At a tea party attended by other "mad" women of Paris, she has brought together representatives of the despoilers of the earth and wreckers of its happiness, and has them tried and condemned to extermination. In a scene which mounts into the realms of high poetic comedy, she sends the culprits one by one, lured by the scent of oil and undreamed-of riches, into a bottomless pit which opens out of her cellar. The exodus of the wicked is accompanied by another and more beautiful miracle: Joy, justice and love return to the world again.

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ROGER GELLANT  

Ondine

1st Produced:

WalkerSpace, New York

2004

Company:

Deep Water Productions

1st Published:

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ISBN/ASIN:

-

Music:

-

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Genre:

Translation

Parts:

Male

10

Female

5

Parts other:

doubling

Notes:

Original Playwright - Jean Giraudoux

Synopsis:

n/a

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ROGER GELLERT  

Ondine

1st Produced:

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- - -

Company:

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1st Published:

Contained in: "Giraudoux Plays volume Two" published by Methuen 1967

ISBN/ASIN:

-

Music:

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Genre:

n/a

Parts:

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-

Female

-

Parts other:

-

Notes:

Original Playwright - Jean Giraudoux

Synopsis:

n/a

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MAURICE VALENCY  

Ondine

1st Produced:

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- - -

Company:

n/a

1st Published:

Samuel French, NY, 1956

ISBN/ASIN:

-

Music:

-

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Genre:

Adaptation

Parts:

Male

17

Female

11

Parts other:

-

Notes:

Original Playwright - Jean Giraudoux

Synopsis:

out of the night and out of the sea springs a beautiful nymph who falls in love with a handsome knight only to discover that their love is too ideal to survive the shocks of the world

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HIRMA BRIFFAULT  

Sodom and Gomorrah

1st Produced:

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- - -

Company:

n/a

1st Published:

Contained in: "Makers of Modern Theater" published by McGraw-Hill 1961

ISBN/ASIN:

-

Music:

-

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Genre:

Translation

Parts:

Male

-

Female

-

Parts other:

-

Notes:

Original Playwright - Jean Giraudoux. Original title "Sodome et Gormorrhe"

Synopsis:

An angel announces that unless the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah can show they have an example of true love within their walls they will be destroyed

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HIRMA BRIFFAULT  

Song Of Songs

1st Produced:

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- - -

Company:

n/a

1st Published:

Contained in: "Makers of Modern Theater" published by McGraw-Hill 1961

ISBN/ASIN:

-

Music:

-

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Genre:

Translation

Parts:

Male

-

Female

-

Parts other:

-

Notes:

Original Playwright - Jean Giraudoux. Original title "Sodome et Gormorrhe"

Synopsis:

n/a

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CHRISTOPHER FRY  

Tiger At the Gates

1st Produced:

Apollo Theate, L'n

1955

Company:

n/a

1st Published:

Methuen Drama, London >>>, 1955

ISBN/ASIN:

-

Music:

-

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#12788

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Genre:

2-act prose translation Translation

Parts:

Male

-

Female

-

Parts other:

extras

Notes:

Original Playwright - Jean Giraudoux - "La Guerre de Troie n'aura pas lieu". Barbara Jefford played Helen. TV version, c 1955. as The Trojan War Will Not Take Place produced London 1983 (Methuen, 1983)

Synopsis:

Ulysses and Hector try unsuccessfully to avoid

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CHRISTOPHER FRY  

Trojan War Will Not Take Place, The

1st Produced:

- - -

- - -

Company:

n/a

1st Published:

Methuen 1983

ISBN/ASIN:

978-0413532107

Music:

-

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Genre:

Translation

Parts:

Male

-

Female

-

Parts other:

-

Notes:

Original Playwright - Jean Giraudoux

Synopsis:

Troy before the start of the War. Hector is desperate for peace especially as his wife Andromache is pregnant. However, he cannot persuade his brother Paris to send Helen back to Greece

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