Contents 1 peter shaffer 2 main characters 3 summary of the play 4 main themes of the play 3 summary antonio salieri 1 peter shaffer memory beginning of the play flashback to the second half of the 18th century first encounter vow to defeat mozart death of mozart 1823 1781 attempted suicide end of the play 4. Dr dysart eventually figures out why alan blinded the horses and what led him to the breaking point (shaffer, 1973) peter shaffer: shaffer was born may 26, 1926 in liverpool england he has a twin brother anthony who was also a playwright shaffer was married three times and had six children between the three marriages. Equus and amadeus playwright peter shaffer dies at 90 151 photos british playwright peter shaffer, photographed in new york city, is. Here is my analysis of the play: peter shaffer’s equus is the painful story of a conflicted young man who is suppressed by society’s equus analysis. Peter shaffer’s play “equus” reads like a true tragedy blending religion and adolescence while questioning society’s “civilized norms” although alan strang seemingly suffers the most throughout the story, the true tragic figure in the play is dysart, alan’s psychiatrist. Quick answer the play equus by peter shaffer is about a psychiatrist who attempts to treat a young man who has a strange fascination with horses inspired by a real-life crime in which a boy in a small english town blinded six horses, the play attempts to consider why this happened. Peter shaffer summary the success of equus was attributable partly to the staging designed by john dexter, who has also directed black comedy and the royal hunt of the sun dexter helped shaffer visualize the abstractions that give the play its power and the rituals that inform the play’s spectacle. 1 introduction welcome to the education resources for equus by peter shaffer in the following pages you will find information relating to the play.
British playwright sir peter shaffer, best known for the award-winning dramas equus and amadeus, died monday after a brief illness he was 90 “he had been struggling with his health for some time but was both determined and delighted to have been able to celebrate his 90th birthday in ireland. London — playwright peter shaffer, whose durable, award-winning hits included equus and amadeus, has died he was 90 shaffer's agent, rupert lord, said shaffer died monday while on a visit to southwest ireland with friends and family born in liverpool in 1926, shaffer had his first big hit in. Equus plot summary english playwright sir peter shaffer’s international hit is a dazzling based on the play/book/film category. Equus quotes want to read saving ― peter shaffer, equus 1 likes quotes by peter shaffer play the 'guess that quote' game. Playwright sir peter shaffer has died, he was 90 years old shaffer is best known for the play ‘equus’ the story of a troubled young man who discusses with a psychiatrist why he has blinded several horses caused controversy upon it’s original release and continued to challenge audiences for decades. Buy a cheap copy of equus : a play book by peter shaffer an explosive play that took critics and audiences by storm, equus is peter shaffers exploration of the way modern society has destroyed our ability to feel.
This passage is all too true, both in peter shaffer's 'amadeus' and in life in general however the play is also concerned with the destructive nature of ignorance and naivety. Playwright peter shaffer, whose durable, award-winning hits included equus and amadeus, has died he was 90 shaffer's agent, rupert lord, said shaffer died monday while on a visit to southwest ireland with friends and family born in liverpool in 1926, shaffer had his first big hit in 1964 with.
This detailed literature summary also contains quotes and a free quiz on equus by peter shaffer “equus” is a 1974 tony award-winning play written by peter schaffer and published in 1973 it details the efforts of dr martin dysart to get to the root of the problems affecting neurotic seventeen year-old alan strang, who has blinded. His 1973 play equus, about a troubled stable boy who inexplicably blinds horses, won a tony award for best play and was filmed in 1977 by director sidney lumet with peter firth as the boy.
Peter shaffer is not actually trying to make a point about the power of horses and their influence on humans, but rather of the power of human emotions and their influences the play is ultimately a play about psychology and especially explores the power of spiritual belief, especially the consequences of suppressing spiritual belief. Equus by peter shaffer fifth of july by lanford wilson shaffer’s play nevertheless established him as a fresh voice and set a course for more challenging work. Peter shaffer's play a horror, rather than the dramatic offstage cry for help that shaffer intended i left “equus” in a curious mood.
Extreme passion illustrated in peter shaffer's play, equus - one definition of madness is mental delusion or the eccentric behavior arising from it but emily dickenson wrote much madness is divinest sense- to a discerning eye- novelists and playwrights have often seen madness with a discerning eye. Equus 4 / 5 stars gielgud theatre 34 years after the play's premiere, is the way shaffer doesn't so much load the dice as overload dysart peter shaffer reviews. Equus study guide contains a biography of peter shaffer, literature essays, quiz questions, major themes, characters, and a full summary and analysis equus study guide contains a biography of peter shaffer, literature essays, quiz questions, major themes, characters, and a full summary and analysis. Equus is a play by peter shaffer written in 1973, telling the story of a psychiatrist who attempts to treat a young man who has a pathological religious fascination with horses shaffer was inspired to write equus when he heard of a crime involving a 17-year-old who blinded six horses in a small town near suffolk. The cast equus, directed by sidney lumet screenplay by peter shaffer, based on his play produced by lester persky and elliott kastner director of photography, oswald morris music, richard rodney bennett editor, john victor-smith distributed by united artists. Sir peter shaffer born: peter levin shaffer 15 may 1926 liverpool shaffer's play, equus won the 1975 tony award for best play and the new york drama critics. Peter shaffer, the academy award-winning british playwright whose stage dramas amadeus and equus were turned into acclaimed movies, has died he was 90 shaffer died early monday at the marymount hospice in county cork, ireland, according to a statement from his agents at macnaughton lord.