Doane Theatre Brings ‘Woyzeck' to the Stage

Doane Theatre creates its own interpretation of what many consider to be the first modern play as it presents Woyzeck Nov. 30 - Dec. 2.

Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. in Whitcomb Lee Conservatory. Tickets are $5 or free with a Doane ID.

Robin McKercher, assistant professor of theatre, directors this play about Franz Woyzeck, an impoverished soldier in a small town. According to McKercher, the play began as a drawerful of fragments left by 22-year-old playwright, Georg Büchner, who died of typhus in 1836. The handful of scenes sketch the tale of a man, conditionally programmed by medical science, who commits a terrible crime. It is loosely based on the true story of Johann Christian Woyzeck, a wigmaker who in a fit of jealousy murdered a widow with whom he had lived.

The work was incomplete at the time of Büchner's death, but was "finished" by a variety of authors, editors and translators to become one of the most performed and influential plays in the German theatre repertory. It was first performed in 1913 in Munich.

Today, Woyzeck is recognized as a modernist classic that challenges each director to interpret the pieces. McKercher calls his version "an updated contemporary translation... an emotional and moving jigsaw puzzle, at once goofy and tragic, sexy and heartbreaking."

For more information, contact the Faculty Office at 402.826.8231.


Cast List

Woyzeck:  Nic Newlun, junior, Norfolk

The Captain:  VJ Herbert, first year, Liberty, N.Y.

The Fool:  Will Dougherty, sophomore, Page

Andres:  Josh Rajaee, first year, Norfolk

Marie:  Megan See, sophomore, Grand Island

The Drum Major:   Jon Shafer, junior, Fort Collins, Colo.

Margaret:  Halley Friedeman, first year, Raymond

The Sergeant:  Layne Rabe, junior, Granby, Colo.

The Doctor:   Sara Angel, junior, Nebraska City

The Charlatan, The Policeman:  Chris Policky, sophomore, Seward

The 1st Apprentice, The Clerk:  Josh Bourgeois, first year, Bellevue

The Proprietor of the Booth, The 2nd Apprentice:  Andy Dillehay, first year, Lincoln

The Shopkeeper, The Innkeeper: Tyler Mahnken, sophomore, Grant

Grandmother, The Charlatan's Wife:  Chanel Silver, junior, Scribner

The Three Young Ladies:  Jailyn Hagaman, first year, Crete, Kayla Brown, sophomore, Cordova,  Jennifer Kater, sophomore, Bellevue

Katherine, The Molly Lady: Erin Case, sophomore, LaVista

The Dapper Gentleman, The Judge:  Eric Rodene, sophomore, Stromsburg

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