Erdgeist

Play

Writers: Frank Wedekind

Overview

Show Information

Category
Play
Number of Acts
4
First Produced
1898
Genres
Drama
Settings
Period, Multiple Settings
Time & Place
Germany, 1890s, parlor, theatre, artist studio
Cast Size
medium
Licensor
None/royalty-free
Ideal for
College/University, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Regional Theatre, Theatre
Casting Notes
Mostly male cast
Includes young adult, adult, mature adult, elderly, child, early teen, late teen characters

Synopsis

In a world of luxury and decadence, a beautiful young woman struggles to find her own unique self in a society dominated by men. Lulu wants nothing more than to be a dancer, to find joy in her own activities, to be independent. Men appear in her life and try to own her, possess her, control her--but for each and every one of these husbands, their attempts end in death. Lulu is a symbol of female power and sexuality, the “Earth-Spirit” who cannot be tamed and inspires destruction around her. Censored in its original 1898 production, Erdgeist is Frank Wedekind’s mediation on the nature of female sexuality and a cautionary tale for any man wishing to control a woman and her identity.

Lead Characters