Don Juan in Chicago by David Ives

In this play, the character Don Juan is re-imagined as a seeker, one who makes a deal with the devil so that he might discover the meaning of life. In exchange, he must give up his innocence and slowly becomes the ruthless seducer that makes his name legendary.

His deal sets him on an exhausting journey; he runs away from the love of his life and continues to run for 400 years. Then, one day, he meets his daughter. On that day, he breaks his contract; in doing so, he redeems himself, his companions and, with one act of defiance and love, redeems even Satan. With that gesture, Don Juan reveals the Devil to be as much of a seeker as he is.

Whether the characters are selling their souls or wondering aloud why they’re speaking in verse, this witty mock-epic makes you laugh and has just enough darkness to make you fall in love with its light. Don Juan in Chicago uses the Don’s extraordinary predicament to take a fresh look at love and lust. Ultimately, it may leave you thinking and seeking like the Don himself.

Scenes/Monologues: Unconventional comic scenes for men and women.

Recommended by: Hans

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ISBN: 9780822214793
Availability: Special Order
Published: Dramatists Play Service - January 1995