An intriguing exploration of sanity and insanity, passion and pain, peter shaffer's award-winning play equus delves into the mind of 17 year-old alan strang, who has a strange fascination for horses but blinds six of these animals in an inexplicable fit. Themes (worship, freedom, passion and normalcy) indicating the dilemmas of transition period within a story of the treatment of a young boy, who has blinded six horses with a spur, at a hospital. Dysart works to normalize the boy but struggles over the compromise between 'normalcy' and worship and (sexual) vitality - both of which are missing in the doctor's own personal life his reasoned, studied psychiatric techniques are countered by the alan's ecstatic and irrational state of mind. miles singer ap english 12 4 march 2014 hamlet, an analysis of treachery the play hamlet by william shakespeare features an array of tragic deaths steaming from various acts of treachery.
Interplayers has scored a real get with its upcoming rotating repertory production of two related works penned by playwright neil labute, reasons to be pretty and reasons to be happy the plays. This is the question at the center of equus it is most definitely a play about big ideas it is most definitely a play about big ideas but it is also about a young man's struggle to find ecstasy in a world of limits and numbing normalcy. Alan has to sacrifice his passion on the altar of social normalcy, while dysart feels he has never had a passion great enough for which he was willing to sacrifice much seeing alan believes he sees the world most fully through his worship of equus. Equus was a major force the first time it was on broadway, where it ran for more than 1,200 performances and attracted a succession of magnetic actors (anthony hopkins, richard burton and anthony perkins, among them) to the role of martin dysart, the passion-starved child psychiatrist.
Equus questions and answers the question and answer section for equus is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel. - in the play equus worship and passion are seen in many contrasting lights in the example of alan, the boy in the centre of the play, worship and passion are the same thing what he is devoted to inspires excitement in him, in this case the god equus. They include: life's purpose, existentialism, the end-result and usefulness of psychiatric treatment, what constitutes normalcy, the place and value of passion, the subjectivity of religion and worship and the effects of repression. Litcharts assigns a color and icon to each theme in equus, which you can use to track the themes throughout the work the place and value of passion in life is the most important issue raised by shaffer's play.
Having sex with your husband / wife is perceived as being one of the biggest symbols of passion, and the fact that it is missing in dysart's marriage and his life, emphasizes that he is living a very unfulfilling life, especially given the fact that alan's worship of equus provides him with sexual as well as spiritual fulfillment. One of dysart's biggest internal conflicts is debating whether or not to take away alan's worship away from him dysart states that i only know it's the core of his life ( act ii scene 25) dysart knows that equus is the only worship and the only purpose that alan has to live. He begins to literally worship them he designs rituals of adoration and subjugation borrowed from his own church, and puts equus the horse god in the place of god or christ in the end, he commits an act of terrible violence against this god, who sees too much, and who he believes demands his obedience to an extent he cannot meet. Redtwist announces the opening of equus by peter shaffer saturday, june 26, 2010, at 3pm, directed by redtwist's artistic director, michael colucci featuring andrew jessop, current jeff-nominee.
Equus- redtwist theatre- based on a true story, peter shaffer's unique psychological thriller explores the boundary between passion versus normalcy despite the play's provincial british origins, redtwist's production of equus will utilize standard american stage speech, with the actors present throughout the play, serving as tribunal and confessors, as well as the horses that are at the heart. A resonant humanity: art, sacrifice, and the struggle to understand lucy van atta i n peter schaffer's radical play, equus, a teenage boy—alan strang— drives a metal spike through the eyes of six horses, defying any sense of normalcy, morality, or decorum as he horrifies the community around him. It's tempting to fixate on the edginess or controversy of equus, peter shaffer's 1973 psychosexual exploration of a boy who deifies horses and yet willfully blinds a half-dozen of them, as if. It is the psychiatrist's questioning of the good he actually does with a case like alan's and how the case reflects his own life that form the basis of the play and allows its central metaphor (about the value of normalcy in a world where true artistry and passion are in too short supply) to spring elegantly from the boards. Equus cannot survive in martin's world where worship is reserved to the 'god of health' and anyone who does not kneel to him is either naïve, sick or abnormal and must be therefore cured or put to death.
The word ludicrous comes to mind a good deal more quickly than profound this should not be the case with equus, one of the great plays of the past three decades - a play that cries out for. Winner of the tony award, the new york drama critics' circle award, the drama desk award, and the new york outer critics award for best play, equus explores how society's obsession with normalcy has destroyed our acceptance and understanding of passion. At the crux of sidney lumet's equus (1977) lies a tragedy of almost median proportions of man's inability to comprehend - nee, to make peace with - his limited understanding of the infinite to resolve within himself that epic conflict of the soul, ever-parched to experience ecstasies reserved for the gods, yet bound by earthly constraints in the quagmire of its own concrete form. Sidney lumet's equus is an incredibly uncomfortably film, both in how it makes the audience feel, and how it plays itself out on screen based on the play by peter schaffer (amadeus), it tries to maintain its theatrical roots and also expand onto the big screen.
The concepts of passion and worship are intimately related in equus, and over the course of the play, shaffer complicates our idea of what religion is and should bethe main characters in equus display a wide range of relationships to religion. This article takes a new look at peter shaffer's equus, while dysart sees in the intensity and primitive passion of alan's worship in all its normalcy. Transcript of an holistic view of equus well odd harry potter in a different light an ap lit presentation by: kayla psychological criticisms religious criticisms born: may 15, 1926 liverpool, england author: peter shaffer coal miner during world war ii studied history at university of.