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Don Juan Comes Back from the War

The legendary womanizer faces the consequences of his many dalliances.

Shaken by his experiences in war, Don Juan, the last man in all of Berlin, returns home to a pandemic and a line of women he's wronged in his life, providing plenty of ghosts to haunt him.

“Everybody knows that pestilences have a way of recurring in the world; yet somehow we find it hard to believe in ones that crash down on our heads from a blue sky. There have been as many plagues as wars in history; yet plagues and wars always take people by surprise.”

(19) Mark Honigsbaum, The Pandemic Century: One Hundred Years of Panic, Hysteria, and Hubris, W.W. Norton, 2019.

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A digital version of this production will be available to view from March 26-28, 2021.

Ticket Prices: Students $5.00 & Adult/Seniors $10.00.

For online viewing options for this production, please contact the U of A Studio Theatre Box Office via email: or via phone: 780-492-2495.

Don Juan Comes Back from the War was initially slated as part of the 2019-20 Studio Theatre season. Sadly, it was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Department of Drama is excited to present this production in March 2021, albeit with a limited run and in keeping with Alberta health and safety protocols.

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"A dramaturg is a member of the artistic team of a theatre production who is a specialist in the transformation of a dramatic script into a meaningful living performance."

(5) Michael Mark Chemers, Ghost Light: An Introductory Handbook for Dramaturgy, Southern Illinois University Press, 2010.

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Berlin and Don Juan:

Ruined Cities

 Don Juan describes himself as the only man left in Berlin. In fact, he personifies Berlin – a once great city, now damaged by World War I...

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Don Juan Comes
Back from the War

Don Juan Comes Back from the War was originally written in 1936, and like so many of Ödön von Horváth’s plays, it was never staged in his lifetime...

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Don Juan:

Man, Myth, Legend

It is believed that the original playwright of Don Juan was Tirso de Molina, a Mercedarian friar in the early part of the seventeenth century...


Ödön von Horváth:

A Biography or Two

Ödön von Horváth (1901-1938) was born in Fiume, now Rijeka, Croatia; he was the son of an Austrian diplomat and a Hungarian mother...


Duncan Macmillan

Duncan Macmillan (b. 1980) is a British playwright, author, and director. Macmillan started out in film but later specialized in playwriting...

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Weimar Germany (1919-1933)

The Weimar Republic was devised as part of emergency war measures in an attempt to ease the state of chaos after World War I...


Modernist Art

This production was heavily influenced by the various modernist styles circulating in the German art world in the period Horváth was writing...

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'Don Juanism': PTSD and Hypersexuality

Soldiers returning from war often experience a symptom commonly known as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), or shellshock, which impedes their ability to function properly in society...

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