Sweet Nothings

Sweet Nothings

by David Harrower

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A young man has an affair with a married woman. He is terrified her husband will challenge him to a duel and kill him. Meanwhile he toys with the affections of another and, for a moment, life seems full of joy.

The doorbell rings. The husband enters the room.

Based on Schnitzler's play Liebelei, David Harrower's Sweet Nothings captures the power of sexual longing, the cruelty of tradition and the vulnerability of those in love. The play premieres at the Young Vic, London, in March 2010.

'I write of love and death. What other subjects are there?'
Arthur Schnitzler.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780571268931
Publisher: Faber and Faber
Publication date: 03/04/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 96
Sales rank: 480,896
File size: 478 KB
Age Range: 12 - 18 Years

About the Author

David Harrower's plays include Knives in Hens, Kill the Old, Torture Their Young, Dark Earth (Traverse Theatre), Presence (Royal Court) The Chrysalids (NT Connections), Blackbird (Edinburgh International Festival; West End), A Slow Air (Tron Theatre, Glasgow), The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, adapted from the novel by Muriel Spark, (Donmar). Adaptations include Büchner's Woyzeck (Edinburgh Lyceum), Chekhov's Ivanov and Horváth's Tales from the Vienna Woods (National Theatre), Schiller's Mary Stuart (National Theatre of Scotland), and Pirandello's Six Characters in Search of an Author, Brecht's The Good Soul of Szechuan and Gogol's The Government Inspector (Young Vic). Film credits: Una; Outlaw King.
Arthur Schnitzler (1862-1931). Austrian playwright and short-story writer. Following in his father's footsteps, he studied medicine at the University of Vienna and received his doctorate in 1885. Throughout the following years medicine and writing competed for his time, with writing ultimately taking precedence. He wrote 32 plays. The most celebrated are Reigen (La Ronde), Liebelei (Sweet Nothings) - both filmed by Max Ophu¨ls - Das weite Land (Undiscovered Country), Professor Benhardi and Anatol. His many short novels and stories include Traumnovelle (Dream Story, adapted as Eyes Wide Shut by Stanley Kubrick and Frederic Raphael) and Spiel im Morgengrauen (Night Games).

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