At a glance:
- Author: Peter Handke
- First Published: 1968
- Type of Plot: Speech drama
- Time of Work: Unspecified
- Setting: Unspecified
- Characters: Kaspar, Kaspars 1-5, The Prompters
- Genres: Drama, Symbolist literature, Speech drama
- Subjects: Language or languages, Communication, Existentialism
According to the playwright’s instructions, the first person to enter the theater where Kaspar is being staged should find the curtain open, with stage props (tables, a few chairs, a sofa, a rocking chair, a wardrobe) arranged randomly and out of context with one another. After the lights in the auditorium are dimmed, the spectators become aware of movement behind the backdrop which suggests that a person is trying to find the partition of the curtain for an entrance onto the stage. Finally, Kaspar, wearing a mask expressing astonishment and confusion,...
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