A Party for Boris
Other Plays by Thomas Bernhard
Other Plays by Peter Jansen
Other Plays by Kenneth Northcott
Bernhard, Thomas (Austrian playwright, novelist, poet, 1931-February 12, 1989), “A Party for Boris,”
a __-minute drama in English, translated by Peter Jansen (____-____) and Kenneth J. Northcott (____-____), set in _____, ____,
© 1991 by Peter Jansen and Kenneth Northcott;
• in Thomas Bernhard’s Histronics: Three Plays, translated by Peter Jansen and Kenneth Northcott (Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.: University of Chicago Press, 1990), ISBN 0226043940, ISBN 0226043959, LC 89-20198, 282 pp., containing “A Party for Boris”; “Ritter, Dene, Voss”; “Histrionics”;
• also, in Thomas Bernhard’s Histronics: Three Plays, translated by Peter Jansen and Kenneth Northcott (London: Quartet Books, 1991), ISBN 0226043940, ISBN 0226043959, 282 pp., containing “A Party for Boris”; “Ritter, Dene, Voss”; “Histrionics”;
• script/rights available from source listed in Jansen and Northcott anthology.
• Cited in Play Index, 1988-1992: An Index to 4,397 Plays, edited by Juliette Yaakov (____-____) and John Greenfieldt (____-____) (New York: The H. W. Wilson Company, 1993), ISSN 0554-3037, LCCN 64-1054, 542 pp.
Boris (m), __, _____; _____ (f), __, _____; _____ (f), __, _____.
“Legless cripples are encapsulated in suffocatingly meaningless universe.”—Yaakov and Greenfieldt, p. 33.
“A party for Boris culminates in a macabre birthday party for the legless Boris and 13 fellow cripples.”—RNIB Magazine: High Browse - January 2001 - Drama, http://www.rnib.org.uk/wesupply/publicat/highbrws/jan01/drama.htm, accessed November 4, 2002.
• “Symbolic drama about modern man.”
• Premiered 1976.
• “The most frequently performed and published author of the eighties [in Austria] is Thomas Bernhard, whose metaphoric plays, stories, and novels revolve around a profoundly negative view of the world which is reminiscent of Samuel Beckett. His plays („Ein Fest für Boris", „Die Jagdgesellschaft", „Die Theatermacher", „Ritter Dene Voss" and „Heldenplatz") combine the negation of life with baroque eloquence. Thomas Bernhard was strongly influenced by the Austro-English philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein and his critique of language.”—Literature, http://www.austriaemb.org.au/culture/Literatur.htm, accessed November 4, 2002.
• “In 1999, when Peter Jansen applied for a foreign transfer, he had in mind a city slightly more salubrious than Bucharest; Lisbon, or Barcelona, he thought, would have done nicely. But attracted by its frontier, 'anything goes' mentality, with typical Dutch pioneerism he went about making as good a fist of the task set before him in Romania, laying the foundations of and presiding over one of the country's most successful publishing groups, Sanoma Hearst Romania. He has since formed the Bucharest Consulting Group, and advises on business strategy. His mission involves building up Romanian businesses to the extent that they can stand equally with foreign competition. Away from work Peter likes to escape the maelstrom of Bucharest and visit the countryside as often as possible with his family.”—Vivid: Romania through international eyes - the writers, http://www.vivid.ro/writers.php?writer=Peter%20Jansen&wrid=19&id=77http://www.vivid.ro/writers.php?writer=Peter%20Jansen&wrid=19&id=77, accessed July 6, 2008.
amputation, cripple, birthday party.