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George Tabori

GEORGE TABORI  (1914 - 2007)

Nationality:    British
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Literary Agent:    Gustav Kiepenheuer Buhnenvertriebs GmbH  

George Tabori one of the last of the generation of writers forced intoexile by the Third Reich. Hungarian by birth, writing in English and directing and occasionally acting in German, he combined experience of Bntish and American life with the cosmopolitan cultural traditions of central Europe. Starting as a maverick director in 1970, he was the most widely performed modem writer in the German Theatre by 1992.
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        Andorra         Brecht on Brecht         Brouhaha         Cannibals, The         Changes         Clowns         Emperor's Clothes, The         Flight Into Egypt         Goldberg Variations, The         Guns of Carrar, The         Mein Kampf         Miss Julie         Mother Courage And Her Children         My Mother's Courage         Niggerlovers, The         Pinkville         Premature Demise         Resistable Rise of Arturo Ui, The         Talk Show         Weisman and Copperface



Andorra

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Original Playwright - Max Frisch

1st Produced:
New York    1963

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Genre:
Adaptation

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Male:  13            Female:  1            Other:  extras

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Brecht on Brecht

Synopsis:
readings and enactment's from the works of Bertolt Brecht

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1st Produced:
New York    1962

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1st Published:
Samuel French, NY, 1967   -

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Genre:
improvisation

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Male:  4            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Brouhaha

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the occasion for Peter Sellers' debut in the straight theatre

1st Produced:
Brighton    1958

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Genre:
political satire

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Cannibals, The

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New York    1968

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in "the American Place theatre", Dell, New York, 1973   -

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Genre:
Play/Drama

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Male:  14            Female:  -            Other:  voices

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Changes

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1st Produced:
Munich    1976

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Clowns

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1st Produced:
Tobingen    1972

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Emperor's Clothes, The

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Budapest 1930. A teacher is sacked because of his liberal views and just about makes a living proof reading. But he does not have enough money to buy a Christmas tree. His son hits on a money making enterprise - he has invented a secret society and he charges people a subscription to join. The police hear about this and because of the father's liberal views suspect he is behind the secret society and come to arrest him

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1st Produced:
New York    1953

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Samuel French, NY, 1953   -

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Flight Into Egypt

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An Austrian refugee family desperately waits in Cairo for passage to America, but Franz needs a wheelchair and must pass a medical examination to be allowed to make the trip. His wife, Lili, struggles to pay their bills, keep Franz's spirits up, and preserve their sons decent nature. But when Franz fails the medical examination, he kills himself in order to release his family from an impediment that will prevent them from going to America. But this act is not so much a tragedy, as a courageous gesture to enable them to devote themselves to creating a new life. Yet the play ends on a note of triumph. Two of the refugees decide to return to their home, to seek their the true answer to the problems they had hoped to find in a somewhat idealized America.

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1st Produced:
New York    1952

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Dramatists Play Service, NY, 1953   -

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Play/Drama

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Male:  14            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Goldberg Variations, The

Synopsis:
Mr Jay, assisted by Goldberg, a concentration camp survivor, is rehearsing a montage of biblical scenes in Jerusalem. It is inspired satire, laced with Jewish and Christian polemics, sparkling wit and dazzlingly simple effects. For Golgotha a stagehand brings on three crosses. "Just two," says Jay. "the boy is bringing his own." Tabori often claimed that the joke was the most perfect literary form.

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Guns of Carrar, The

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Original Playwright - Bertolt Brecht

1st Produced:
New York    1963

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Samuel French, NY, 1970   -

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Adaptation

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Mein Kampf

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is living in a doss house in Vienna preparing for the art college entrance exam, and wily old Schiomo Herzl, a Jewish hawker who sells Bibles and Korans, tries to teach him manners. Schiomo trims Hitler's droopy moustache and cOmbs his unruly hair to create the well-known visage before sending him to his exam minus his trousers. When he is rejected, Schiomo advises him to go into politics. This deeply serious, utterly hilarious black farce was a runaway international success

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"A great love story - Hitler And his Jew"

1st Produced:
Vienna Akademietheater    1987

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Genre:
Farce

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Male:  5            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Miss Julie

Synopsis:
presents, with startling clarity, the conflict between sexual passion and social position

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Original Playwright - August Strindberg

1st Produced:
New York    1956

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Genre:
Adaptation

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Male:  10            Female:  9            Other:  -

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Mother Courage And Her Children

Synopsis:
Period 1630's, Mother Courage follows the Swedish armies through the terrible Thirty Years War with her mobile canteen and three children, each by a different man

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Original Playwright - Bertolt Brecht

1st Produced:
Washington, D.C.    1970

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Genre:
Adaptation

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Male:  19            Female:  6            Other:  extras

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My Mother's Courage

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Dramatised the incident in 1944 when Tabori's mother persuaded an SS guard to let her off the Auschwitz train, claiming that she had left her Red Cross pass at home.

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1st Produced:
Munich    1979

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Niggerlovers, The

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music by Richard Peaslee, includes the Demonstration, And man And Dog

1st Produced:
New York    1967

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Pinkville

Synopsis:
A young innocent man is brutalised by his military induction

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music by Stanley Walden

1st Produced:
Stockbridge, Massachusetts    1970

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Premature Demise

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developed from one of his own tales, a sex/crime/love/spy story touching on old themes. Tabori slumbered fitfully in an armchair stage right while his fourth wife, Ursula Hapfner, whom he had married in 1985, played the female lead.

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1st Produced:
Berliner Ensemble    2001

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Resistable Rise of Arturo Ui, The

Resistable Rise of Arturo Ui, The
Described by Brecht as 'a gangster play that would recall certain events familiar to us all', The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui is a witty and savage satire of the rise of Hitler  recast by Brecht into a small-time Chicago gangster's takeover of the city's greengrocery trade. Using a wide range of parody and pastiche  from Al Capone to Shakespeare's Richard III and Goethe's Faust  Brecht's compelling parable continues to have relevance wherever totalitarianism appears today. Written during the Second World War in 1941, the play was one of the Berliner Ensemble's most outstanding box-office successes in 1959, and has continued to attract a succession of major actors, including Leonard Rossiter, Christopher Plummer, Antony Sher and Al Pacino.

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Original Playwright - Bertolt Brecht

1st Produced:
New York    1963

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1st Published:
Samuel French, NY, 1972
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Genre:
Adaptation

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Male:  28            Female:  2            Other:  extras

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Talk Show

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1st Produced:
Bremen    1976

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Weisman and Copperface

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Yorick Theatre Company

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