Woyzeck: Brief Synopsis and Background

Woyzeck is a stage play written by Georg Büchner. He left the work incomplete at his death, but it has been variously and posthumously finished by a variety of authors, editors and translators. Woyzeck has become one of the most performed and influential plays in the German theatre repertory. Büchner probably began writing the play between June and September 1836. It remained in a fragmentary … Continue reading Woyzeck: Brief Synopsis and Background

Religious Imagery in Woyzeck

There is a tremendous amount of religious imagery in the play, which I think is often overlooked by some. Specifically, Buchner uses the figures of Christ, the Virgin Mary to underscore his points about human nature and suffering. After all, Woyzeck is born on the day of the Feast of the Annunciation, which celebrates Christ’s conception. Also, he is the same age Christ was supposed to be … Continue reading Religious Imagery in Woyzeck

Historical figures mentioned in the musical Annie

Jack Dempsey was a professional boxer in the 1920’s who was an icon in his era for his hard punches, good looks and popularity. He held the world heavyweight championship from 1919 to 1926. July, who mentions Jack Dempsey is 13 at the time of the play in 1933, so may well remember seeing or knowing of Jack Dempsey before she went into the orphanage. … Continue reading Historical figures mentioned in the musical Annie

5 ways the musical Annie deals with The Great Depression

The Great Depression was a severe worldwide economic depression in the decade preceding workd war 2.The depression originated in the U.S., after the fall in stock prices that began around September 4, 1929, and became worldwide news with the stock market crash of October 29th. The picture is called The Migrant Mother by Dorothea Lange and shows a mother and her children during the great … Continue reading 5 ways the musical Annie deals with The Great Depression