Don Juan in Soho: After Molière
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The infamous, amoral hedonist in a society entranced by sensation. Moliere's farcical, tragic, anarchic Don Juan (1665) is the inspiration for Patrick Marber's new play in which the action of the original is relocated to present day Soho, London.
Whereas Moliere condemned his anti-hero to a literal Hell, Marber condemns him to a hell of his own making.
Don Juan in Soho premiered at the Donmar Warehouse in December 2006.
do. · DJ (to Stan, sotto) Brilliant! Dalia (of() Mr Donwan, are you gonna come and get fucked?! Ruby (o ff) And sucked and fucked again, Mr Donwan?! Laughter of(. Elvira stares at D]. Elvira Are they prostitutes? DJ I believe remuneration has been discussed. But Stan deals with all that, don't you, old bean? Stan (to Elvira) Would you like some breakfast? I could nip ~own to Valerie's, get you an almond croissant ... ? Elvira No, thank you. Stan Well, I'llleave you to it. (To D].) May I ... ?
and everything that moves beneath the trembling sky. So-ho!! Stan I CAN'T BEAR IT! D] Oh, it won't be like this for ever. Another twenty or thirty years and we'll retire ro the country - promise. A yokel a week will suffice in my dotage. Stan What about 'good old Stan', who 'knows me better than anyone on earth'? Was that bit true? You made me feel so needed. DJ Well you are, you're my accomplice. Stan Is that all? DJ !'rn fond of you, what more d'you want? Stan I want to be loved! I thought you
honeymoon ... when you went for your morning stroll along the beach ... ? DJ (confirming her suspicion} Ah: Yes. Elevenses. Elvira And your second stroll before dinner? Dj Cocktail hour. Elvira And - on - on ... our wedding day ... ? Dj Your mother's rather striking sister:. Colm (horrified} Auntie Loma! Dj She was weeping with joy, we hugged, there was a stirring. And then ... a recognition. Elvira WHY DID YOU MARRY ME? Dj I need a wee. Stan, be a good sport and tell her? He exits. Elvira
Since you ask, I'm alright. I didn't drown or get pneumonia, since you ask, thank you for your concem. Lottie Oh, thas right, give it the big 'I am', won't ya? I can see you're alright cos you're standin' 'ere like the big purple nob-end you always is! Pause. Pete Lot? Lottie Wot? Pete Do you actually love me? Lottie Course I do. Pete No, cos, if some stranger was to 'ear you they might think you don't. Cos of the way you talk to me. Lottie Wot way? Wot you sayin'? Pete I nearly died and it's
nice? Mattie Oh my God ... DJ (to Lottie) Sublime. Mattie Get away from me. Lottie (to Stan) What's 'sir blime'? Stan (to Lottie) It means 'very nice'. Lottie sits back in bliss, barely conscious of the escalating situation. 35 Mattie YOU EVIL SHIT! DJ It's a fair cop! Mattie leaps up. Mattie My fiancé is dying in there! You killed him! Sick fucking animal! She goes for D], enraged, clawi11g at him. Lottie Oi, leave off 'im! She jumps up, ready for combat, pulls Mattie off. Mattie (to