Saturday, June 16, 2007

A Spring Awakening - Pandora's Box connection

Everybody knows that Spring Awakening (the play which served as the source for the hit Broadway musical) and Pandora's Box (the play which served as source for the 1929 film starring Louise Brooks) were BOTH written by the German dramatist Frank Wedekind.

Well, the connection doesn't stop there. Recently, two member's of the Tony award winning Broadway play were interviewed prior to the screening of the Louise Brooks film. According to a May 29th article in the New York News,

Tonight the Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville will be hosting a special Q&A with the Tony-nominated talent behind the Broadway musical "Spring Awakening."
Composer Duncan Sheik and book writer-lyricist Steven Sater will be interviewed by New York Times critic Janet Maslin in conjunction with a screening of the 1929 silent-film classic "Pandora's Box." 
I wasn't able attend this event at the Burns Film Center (which is located in the New York City area). Did any reader of this blog make it to this screening and onstage-talk?
p.s. The long-dead and somewhat neglected Frank Wedekind has certainly been getting more attention lately. This is due in large part to the success of Spring Awakening on Broadway. Interestingly, due out this fall is a new translation of Spring Awakening by acclaimed novelist Jonathan Franzen (author of The Corrections).

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