La Ronde (play)
From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
La Ronde is the title usually given to Arthur Schnitzler's 1897 play Reigen. It was not performed until 1920, when it was shut down on its first production in Berlin on December 23, resulting in an obscenity trial. The play presents a series of "before and after" tableaux of interconnected characters in different sexual situations. The play scrutinizes the sexual morals and class ideology of its day and may be described as a bedroom farce.
The play caused a scandal because one of its principal themes was the transmission of syphilis in all layers of Viennese society.
Three films were also based on the play: the 1964 film La Ronde of the same title, directed by Roger Vadim, Reigen (the original title of Schnitzler's play), a 1973 film directed by Otto Schenk, and La Ronde (1950 film) by Max Ophüls.
The play takes place in Vienna in the 1890's and consists of ten love scenes between pairs of people. There are ten characters, each playing in two adjacent scenes (counting the last as adjacent to the first). The play starts with The Whore and The Soldier, followed by the Soldier and The Parlor Maid, and so on in this fashion until making full circle with The Whore back in the first scene.
- The Whore and the Soldier
- The Soldier and the Parlor Maid
- The Parlor Maid and the Young Gentleman
- The Young Gentleman and the Young Wife
- The Young Wife and The Husband
- The Husband and the Little Miss
- The Little Miss and the Poet
- The Poet and the Actress
- The Actress and the Count
- The Count and the Whore