Victor Hugo, adapted by John Strand
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HERNANI, Victor Hugo's third play, written when he was 28, was not so much a piece of theater as a bombshell dropped directly into the laps of les classiques, the conservative defenders of French drama and its perfect garden of rules, regulations, and Aristotelian commandments of How Things Must Always and Forever Be. Deviation was considered heretical; innovation unnecessary, and to some minds, criminal.

Production Info

Cast: 8 total (2 female, 6 male)
Full Length Drama (about 150 minutes)
Multiple Sets
Period Costumes
About the Author


  • Victor Hugo

    Victor Marie Hugo (1802 – 1885) was a French poet, novelist, and playwright. His most famous novels are Les Misérables (1862) and Notre-Dame de Paris (1831) (known in English as The Hunchback of Notre-Dame). His most famous plays are CROMWELL (1827) and HERNANI (1830).

  • John Strand

    John Strand is the author of LINCOLNESQUE, a comedy about politics and madness in Washington, D.C. (The Cleveland Play House, directed by Michael Bloom) and LORENZACCIO, his adaptation of Alfred de Musset's 1834 French classic (The Shakespeare Theatre, Washington, D.C., directed by Michael Kahn). Strand also wrote the book for the musical THE HIGHEST YELLOW, with a score by Michael John LaChiusa, at Signature Theatre, Arlington, VA. His other plays include LOVERS AND EXECUTIONERS, Arena Stage, winner of the Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding New Play; THE DIARIES, commissioned by Signature Theatre and nominated for the MacArthur Award; and TOM WALKER, commissioned by Arena Stage. Additional plays are OTABENGA, directed by Michael Kahn at Signature Theatre, and nominated for the MacArthur; an adaptation of Molière's THE MISER set in Reagan-era America, at Arena Stage; THREE NIGHTS IN TEHRAN, a comedy about the Iran-Contra affair, Signature Theatre; THE COCKBURN RITUALS, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Co. Mr. Strand spent ten years in Paris, where he worked as a journalist and drama critic, writing in English and French, and directed New York University's Experimental Theater Wing in Paris. His plays are published by Broadway Play Publishing, New York.

About the Book

Book Information

Publisher BPPI
Publication Date 3/7/2013
Pages 120
ISBN 9780881455236

Special Notes

Special Notes

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Hernani is produced
by special arrangement with Broadway Play Publishing Inc, NYC


Upcoming and Recent Productions


1/15/2018 – 1/15/2018
Red Bull Theater
New York, NY