“Travesties” was born out of Stoppard’s noting that in 1917 three of the twentieth century’s most crucial revolutionaries — James Joyce, the Dadaist founder Tristan Tzara, and Lenin — were all living in Zurich. Also living in Zurich at this time was a British consula official called Henry Carr, a man acquainted with Joyce through the theater and later through a lawsuit concerning a pair of trousers. Taking Carr as his core, Stoppard spins this historical coincidence into a masterful and riotously funny play, a speculative portrait of what could have been the meeting of these profoundly influential men in a germinal Europe as seen through the lucid, lurid, faulty, and wholy riveting memory of an aging Henry Carr.
About the Author
Tom Stoppard is the author of such seminal works as “Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead, Travesties, Every Good Boy Deserves a Favor, Arcadia, Jumpers, The Real Thing, “and “The Invention of Love.”
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