FOUR JEWS ON PARNASSUS—A CONVERSATION

 

By Carl Djerassi

 

Performance Schedule

 

2006

 

Aug. 5: Salzburg: Dramatic reading (in German) of “Klee Scene” at exhibition opening (11:00AM) of ”Four Jews on Parnassus through the eyes of Paul Klee and Gabriele Seethaler’s Klee variations” at Galerie Heike Curtze, Wiener-Philharmoniker-Gasse 2:

 

WALTER BENJAMIN                                Carl Djerassi

GERSHOM SCHOLEM                             Helga Rabl-Stadler

THEODOR ADORNO                               Wolfgang Unterzaucher

ARNOLD SCHÖNBERG                           Bernd Jeschek

 

Oct. 22: Berlin: Walter Benjamin Festival. Scenic reading (11:00 – 13:00) from “FOUR JEWS ON PARNASSUS—a play in progress“ directed by Isabella Gregor in Einstein Saal of Brandenburger Akademie der Wissenschaften (Jägerstrasse 21/23):

 

 

WALTER BENJAMIN                                Carl Djerassi

GERSHOM SCHOLEM                             Max Hoffmann

THEODOR ADORNO                               Martin Molitor

ARNOLD SCHÖNBERG                           Thomas Wehling

DORA SOPHIE BENJAMIN                      Isabella Gregor

ESCHA SCHOLEM                                  Isabella Gregor

GRETEL KARPLUS ADORNO                  Isabella Gregor

 

 

2007

 

Jan. 26: Madison, WI: Univ. of Wisconsin Theatre Department dramatic reading (5:30PM: Margaret H'Doubler Performance Space, Lathrop Hall) of excerpts from “FOUR JEWS ON PARNASSUS” directed by Norma Saldivar (asst. director, Talish Barrow).

 

 

WALTER BENJAMIN                    Jesse Michael Mothershed

GERSHOM SCHOLEM                 Josh Krevsky

THEODOR ADORNO                   Steve Wojtas

ARNOLD SCHÖNBERG               Andy Rice

DORA SOPHIE BENJAMIN          Clare Arena Haden

HANNAH ARENDT                       Clare Arena Haden

 

 

 

 

June 14: London: Freud Museum (7:00PM): Dramatic reading of “Pornography in the age of technical reproduction” scene from FOUR JEWS ON PARNASSUS.

 

WALTER BENJAMIN                    Michael Fenner

THEODOR ADORNO                   Nick Rankin

GERSHOM SCHOLEM                 Carl Djerassi

ARNOLD SCHÖNBERG               John Forrester

HANNAH ARENDT                       Diane Middlebrook

 

Sept. 9: Stockholm: Dramatic reading (17:00) of “When is a ‘Jew’ not a Jew?” scene from FOUR JEWS ON PARNASSUS directed by Jurij Lederman at Theatrestudio Lederman followed by panel discussion organized by Jewish Museum.

 

WALTER BENJAMIN                    Thérèse Crémieux

THEODOR ADORNO                   Johan Rabaeus

GERSHOM SCHOLEM                 Semmy Stalhammer

ARNOLD SCHÖNBERG               Staffan Scheja

 

 

Oct. 19: Las Palmas de Gran Canaria: Dramatic reading (19:30 – 20:30) in Spanish of “Paul Klee’s Angelus Novus” scene from FOUR JEWS ON PARNASSUS directed by Antonio Navarro at Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderna (Calle Los Balcones 9 y 11, Las Palmas).

 

Oct. 29: Vienna: Dramatic reading (19:00 – 22:00) under the direction of Isabella Gregor of Vier Juden auf dem Parnass: 4 Männer – 4 Juden – 4 Wahrheiten under CONSIDERATIO (www.consideratio.at) auspices, followed by panel discussion with Eveline Goodman-Thau, Michael Ley, and Karin Stögner. Semper Depot - Atelierhaus der Akademie der bildenden Künste (Lehárgasse 6-8, A-1060 Vienna).

 

WALTER BENJAMIN                    Bernd Birkhahn

THEODOR ADORNO                   Peter Scholz

GERSHOM SCHOLEM                 Johannes Terne

ARNOLD SCHÖNBERG               Wolfgang Pampel

 

 

Nov. 30: Cambridge: Dramatic reading (directed by Oli Rose) by Cambridge University ADA of “Gretel & Theodor Adorno” scene followed by discussion with Martin Jay (Berkeley) and Staci v. Boeckmann (Munich) on related Adorno material from FOUR JEWS ON PARNASSUS under auspices of Cambridge University Centre for Gender Studies at Old Hall, Queens’ College (4:00 pm).

 

WALTER BENJAMIN                    Dylan Spencer-Davidson

THEODOR ADORNO                   Tom Yarrow

GRETEL ADORNO                       Bea Walker

 

 

2008

 

April 15: Vienna: Arnold Schönberg Center (Palais Fanto, Schwarzenbergpl. 6):  Dramatic reading (directed by Isabella Gregor) of Schönberg auf dem Parnass from VIER JUDEN AUF DEM PARNASS-EIN GESPRÄCH.

 

THEODOR ADORNO                 Gregor Seberg

WALTER BENJAMIN                 Johannes Terne

ARNOLD SCHÖNBERG             Hannes Gastinger

MATHILDE SCHÖNBERG          Josefin Platt

GERSHOM SCHOLEM              Gideon Singer

 

April 16: Vienna: Advance presentation (20:00 Radiokulturhaus, Argentinierstr. 30) of ORF Radio play of scenes 1 and 2 from VIER JUDEN AUF DEM PARNASS-EIN GESPRÄCH.

 

April 17: Vienna: Dramatic reading (directed by Isabella Gregor) in Heiligen Kreuzerhof (Schönlaterngasse 5) under auspices of Universität für angewandte Kunst of BENJAMIN’S AKTENTASCHE (Pornography in an age of technical reproduction) from VIER JUDEN AUF DEM PARNASS--EIN GESPRÄCH.

 

THEODOR ADORNO                 Toni Slama

WALTER BENJAMIN                 Johannes Terne

DORA BENJAMIN                     Josefin Platt

ARNOLD SCHÖNBERG             Hannes Gastinger

GERSHOM SCHOLEM              Gideon Singer

HANNAH ARENDT                    Josefin Platt

 

April 22: Vienna: ORF Radio 1 Österreich broadcast (20:30) of radio play based on chapter 1 and 2 (“Four wives”) from VIER JUDEN AUF DEM PARNASS--EIN GESPRÄCH directed by Harald Krewer.

 

WALTER BENJAMIN                                         Jörg Ratjen

THEODOR W. ADORNO                                    Michael Rotschopf

GERSHOM SCHOLEM                                      Toni Slama

ARNOLD SCHÖNBERG                                     Karl Markovics

MATHILDE SCHÖNBERG-ZEMLINSKY               Chris Pichler

GRETEL KARPLUS ADORNO                            Sabine Haupt

ESCHA SCHOLEM                                            Andrea Clausen

DORA SOPHIE BENJAMIN                                Maria Happel

ERZÄHLER (Narrator)                                        Carl Djerassi

 

May 7: Vienna: Dramatic reading (directed by Isabella Gregor) in Prunkraum of Albertina Museum (19:30) of PAUL KLEE UND EIN ENGEL from VIER JUDEN AUF DEM PARNASS-EIN GESPRÄCH in conjunction with opening of Paul Klee Exhibition.

 

THEODOR ADORNO                 Johannes Terne

WALTER BENJAMIN                 Carl Djerassi

ARNOLD SCHÖNBERG             Klaus A. Schröder

GERSHOM SCHOLEM              Gideon Singer

 

Aug. 9: Bayreuth: Dramatic reading (directed by Isabella Gregor) in Kunstmuseum im Alten Rathaus (18:30) with Almut Hellwig (Soprano, Musikhochschule des Saarlands) & Sebastian Voltz (Piano) followed by post-performance discussion in conjunction with Cheesefondue Workshop III.

 

THEODOR ADORNO                 Silke Gerstmann

WALTER BENJAMIN                 Ekkehard Beck

ARNOLD SCHÖNBERG             Heinz Gaube

GERSHOM SCHOLEM              Max Herberhold

MATHILDE SCHÖNBERG          Almut Hellwig

 

Nov. 3: Berlin: Neue Nationalgalerie (19:00). Dramatic reading (directed by Isabella Gregor) of excerpts from FOUR JEWS ON PARNASSUS „Paul Klee und ein Engel“ with soprano Almut Hellwig and pianist Rainer Oster. Music by Arnold Schönberg, Claus Steffen Mahnkopf, Erik Weiner, and Egill Ólafsson.

 

THEODOR ADORNO                 Helmut Rühl

WALTER BENJAMIN                 Lutz Blochberger

ARNOLD SCHÖNBERG             Hannes Gastinger

GERSHOM SCHOLEM              Leopold von Verschuer

 

2009

 

Jan. 31: Vienna: Rebroadcast (13:00 – 14:00) of ORF Radio 1 Österreich April 22, 2008 broadcast of radio play based on chapter 1 and 2 (“Four wives”) from VIER JUDEN AUF DEM PARNASS--EIN GESPRÄCH directed by Harald Krewer.

 

March 13: Berlin: Austrian Embassy (Stauffenbergstraße 1-4/Tiergartenstraße 12):  Dramatic reading (directed by Isabella Gregor) of “Schönberg auf dem Parnassexcerpts from VIER JUDEN AUF DEM PARNASS-EIN GESPRÄCH with soprano Almut Hellwig and pianist Rainer Oster.

 

THEODOR ADORNO                   Johannes Terne        

WALTER BENJAMIN                    Lutz Blochberger

ARNOLD SCHÖNBERG               Helmut Rühl

MATHILDE SCHÖNBERG             Almut Hellwig

GERSHOM SCHOLEM                 Felix Römer

 

June 16: London: Austrian Cultural Forum, 28 Rutland Gate, London SW7 1PQ. Dramatic reading (directed by Isabella Gregor) of “Schönberg on Parnassus” excerpts from FOUR JEWS ON PARNASSUS, with soprano Loré Lixenberg and pianist Oliver Davies.

 

THEODOR ADORNO                   Gerald Davidson

WALTER BENJAMIN                    Carl Djerassi

ARNOLD SCHÖNBERG               Michael Fenner

MATHILDE SCHÖNBERG             Loré Lixenberg

GERSHOM SCHOLEM                 Hywel John

 

2010

 

February 6: Stanford: “BENJAMIN, ADORNO, SCHOLEM, SCHÖNBERG: A DISPUTE ABOUT ART, MUSIC, IDENTITY, WIVES, AND PORNOGRAPHY(directed by Isabella Gregor with soprano Loré Lixenberg) at Piggott Theatre (7:30PM), Stanford University under SICa auspices.

 

THEODOR ADORNO                   Ken Sonkin

WALTER BENJAMIN                    Rush Rehm

ARNOLD SCHÖNBERG               Bill Wolak

GERSHOM SCHOLEM                 Gerry Hiken

MATHILDE SCHÖNBERG             Kay Kostopolous

DORA SOPHIE BENJAMIN          Kay Kostopolous

GRETEL ADORNO                       Kay Kostopolous

 

February 7: San Francisco: “SCHÖNBERG ON PARNASSUS: SCHÖNBERG'S CHESS, KLEE'S JEWISHNESS,  BENJAMIN'S OBSESSION, AND OTHER PUZZLES” (directed by Isabella Gregor with soprano Loré Lixenberg and Gerry Hiken, Kay Kostopolous, Rush Rehm, Ken Sonkin, and Bill Wolak) at Contemporary Jewish Museum (2:00 PM).

 

2012

 

January 7: Vienna: ORF Radio 1 Österreich broadcast (14:00) of radio play based on chapter 1 and 2 (“Four wives”) from VIER JUDEN AUF DEM PARNASS--EIN GESPRÄCH directed by Harald Krewer.

 

WALTER BENJAMIN                                         Jörg Ratjen

THEODOR W. ADORNO                                    Michael Rotschopf

GERSHOM SCHOLEM                                      Toni Slama

ARNOLD SCHÖNBERG                                     Karl Markovics

MATHILDE SCHÖNBERG-ZEMLINSKY               Chris Pichler

GRETEL KARPLUS ADORNO                            Sabine Haupt

ESCHA SCHOLEM                                            Andrea Clausen

DORA SOPHIE BENJAMIN                                Maria Happel

ERZÄHLER (Narrator)                                        Carl Djerassi