News Release: Arts and Humanities, Events, Student Life

Nov. 6,  2008

Theater Emory Presents Rarely Produced "Don Juan Comes Back from the War"

Theater Emory presents a rarely seen take on Don Juan as it continues its season-long focus on “the search for oneself and that other” with Christopher Hampton’s translation of Ödön von Horváth’s “Don Juan Comes Back from the War” (Nov. 13-23, 2008; tickets $18; $14 for discount category members).  

This piece by Hungarian playwright Horváth chronicles the journeys of this timeless lover Don Juan as he encounters the women of his past. Director Janice Akers, Theater Studies lecturer, explains that the play, based in post World War I Germany, not only explores the passion and turbulence in Don Juan’s life, but also reflects the “erratic economy and changing state of government during that time.”  She adds: “Our process is to capture Horváth’s world in the wild behavior of the characters who are reacting to the state of their society.”

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The cast includes Atlanta professional actors James Donadio as Don Juan and Mirla Criste, Shannon Eubanks, Ellen McQueen, Mary Lynn Owen, as well as a host of Emory students, as the women of his past.

“Don Juan Comes Back from the War” will be performed at the Mary Gray Monroe Theater in the Dobbs University Center on the Emory University campus.  Performances will be held at 7 p.m. Nov. 13-15, 19-22, and at 2 p.m. on Nov. 16 and 23.  Parking is available in Peavine and Fishburne Visitor parking decks.  For Theater Emory information, visit    

Please Note:  “Don Juan Comes Back From the War contains mature themes.

Theater Emory

“Theater Emory is the producing organization of Emory University and is affiliated with the Department of Theater Studies.  It is a member of the Atlanta Coalition of Performing Arts and operates under a season agreement with Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States.

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Emory University provides a dynamic, multi-disciplinary environment for the study, creation and presentation of the arts.


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