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Eric Overmyer, an adaptation of Pierre Beaumarchais and Ödön von Horváth

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Eric Overmyer’s sparkling adaptation and synthesis of Beaumarchais’s THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO and Ödön von Horváth’s FIGARO GETS A DIVORCE. FIGARO/FIGARO follows the iconic characters of Figaro, Susanna, the Count and Countess Almaviva, and other favorites through the ups and downs inherent in all relationships — husband and wife, master and servant, family ties and the like.

Production Info

Cast: 17 total (6 female, 11 male)
Full Length Drama (about 160 minutes)
Multiple Sets
Period Costumes
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Press Quotes

“Ödön von Horváth’s magnificent 1936 FIGARO GETS A DIVORCE was conceived as a modern sequel to Beaumarchais’s 1784 classic THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO and, naturally, has always invited comparison to the earlier work. In presenting the two in tandem, director Stan Wojewodski and adaptor Eric Overmyer have made the comparison easy and enjoyable and, remarkably, have created a single piece that occasionally shimmers with inspiration, acquiring an independent artistic identity.” —Jonathan Kalb, The Village Voice

“One of the more provocative productions to be seen in the last days of 1994 was the Yale Repertory Theatre’s FIGARO/FIGARO … a project that deserves more productions. It’s full of rich possibilities.” —Vincent Canby, The New York Times

About the Author


  • Eric Overmyer

    Eric Overmyer is a playwright and a television writer and producer. He graduated as a theater major from Reed College in 1973. His plays include ON THE VERGE, THE HELIOTROPE BOUQUET, IN A PIG'S VALISE, DON QUIXOTE DE LA JOLLA, NATIVE SPEECH, MI VIDA LOCA, IN PERPETUITY THROUGHOUT THE UNIVERSE, and DARK RAPTURE. Mr Overmyer has written extensively for television, including for Homicide: Life on the Street, The Wire and Law & Order, and has been nominated for two Emmy Awards. He received an Edgar Award for the television feature Rear Window. Overmyer was also a co-creator of the HBO series Treme, about musicians in post-Katrina New Orleans.

  • Pierre Beaumarchais

    Beaumarchais was the pen name of Pierre-Augustin Caron, born in 1732 in Paris, the son of a clockmaker. His life was a parallel of the title character from his play THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO. He rose by his wits, became a soldier, businessman, inventor, musician, and diplomat, was a sometime protégé of Louis XVI, a political intriguer, an advocate of social reform and a gunrunner (to the American revolution), in addition to being a memoirist and playwright. He was the author of forgotten tragedies as well as THE BARBER OF SEVILLE. The royal censor forbade THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO, and Beaumarchais lobbied for six years before it was produced. Because of his court connections, he was accused of royalist sympathies during the Terror, but escaped the guillotine and died in 1799 of natural causes.

  • Ödön von Horváth

    Edmund Josef von Horváth (1901 – 1938) was a German-writing Austro-Hungarian-born playwright and novelist. He preferred the Hungarian version of his first name and published as Ödön von Horváth. Horváth was prolific, publishing twenty-one plays during his brief lifetime, which won him international repute. In 1931 he was awarded the Kleist Prize for his play TALES FROM THE VIENNA WOODS. He died in a freak accident from a falling branch while seeking shelter during a storm.

About the Book

Book Information

Publisher BPPI
Publication Date 6/1/1996
Pages 127
ISBN 9780881451221

Special Notes

Special Notes

Licensees are required to include the original stage producers credits in the following form on the title page in all programs distributed in connection with performances of the Play and in all advertising in which the full cast appears in size of type not less than ten percent (10%) of the size of the title of the Play:

Originally produced by Yale Repertory Theatre

The following must appear within all programs distributed in connection with performances of the Play:
Figaro/Figaro is produced
by special arrangement with Broadway Play Publishing Inc, NYC