Cover art: Anselm Feuerbach, self-portrait, 1852


Georg Büchner, English version by Kenneth Tigar
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A groundbreaking masterpiece of the modern theatre. The play tells the tale of a poor soldier, a barber in the army, who is overwhelmed by the military and forced to become a human guinea pig for quasi-medical research. Consumed by jealousy over his lover’s infidelity, Woyzeck is driven to despair, to madness, and to murder. Poignant and grotesque, insightful and all-too-human, the play broke every theatrical mold of its time, paving the way for theatre as we know it today.

Production Info

Cast: 16 total (4 female, 12 male, doubling, bit parts, children, extras)
Full Length Drama (about 120 minutes)
Minimal Set Requirements
Period Costumes
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Press Quotes

“Considered to be the first modern tragedy, WOYZECK still feels contemporary more than 150 years after its creation.” —The New York Times

About the Author


  • Georg Büchner

    Georg Büchner was born in Germany in 1813. He studied medicine, campaigned for social change, and wrote two plays, DANTON'S DEATH and LEONE AND LENA, before starting work on WOYZECK, which was based on a real criminal case. Büchner died of typhus at aged twenty-three.

  • Kenneth Tigar

    Kenneth Tigar graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College in German Literature. He then studied in Göttingen for a year as a Fulbright scholar. Shortly after earning a Harvard Ph.D. in German as well, he was offered an acting job with the Viennese theatre group Die Komödianten. The experience began his transition from the world of academia to the world of the theatre. Since then he has become a familiar face in films and on television. His credits span the distance from Barney Miller and the Lethal Weapon movies to The Good Wife and The Avengers. He has acted extensively in New York and regional theatres, performing Salieri in AMADEUS, Willy Loman in DEATH OF A SALESMAN, and Joe Keller in ALL MY SONS, amongst others. He has won a Los Angeles Drama Critics' Circle Award, two Dramalogue Awards, and South Florida's Carbonell Award; and he has appeared across the country in his one-man show I MUST BE MR. BOSWELL about the biographer of Dr. Johnson. He directed the national tour of THE GIN GAME with Academy Award–winner Kim Hunter and is also an accomplished opera director. A few years ago he returned to Austria to star in OLD WICKED SONGS at the Vienna English Theatre. Most recently he was seen on Broadway in Larry David's comedy FISH IN THE DARK.

About the Book

Book Information

Publisher BPPI
Publication Date 5/16/2016
Pages 46
ISBN 9780881456622

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