“In the opener, a trio of tourists . . . contemplate Michelangelo’s David in hilarious Restoration comedy-like asides as they are overcome by the statue’s, uh, size and power. . . . In the second play, a philandering super conductor is driven to a, well, unexpected climax by Wagner. The audiences are . . . so enraptured with the artist’s work that they become literal art lovers.” John Istel, Elle
The Stendhal Syndrome
Two Plays: Full Frontal Nudity and Prelude & Liebestod
978-0-8021-4150-7 • $13.00 • Paperback • Nov. 2004
Two new and remarkable plays by Terrence McNally, whom The New Yorker has called “one of our most original and audacious dramatists and one of our funniest”
The Stendhal Syndrome is named for the French novelist, who on a visit to Florence had such a visceral and physical reaction to its beauty that he wrote, “I felt a pulsating in my heart. Life was draining out of me, while I walked fearing a fall.” Now Terrence McNally, whom the New Yorker has called “one of our most original and audacious dramatists and one of our funniest,” has crafted two stunning and witty plays about art and how it transforms us. Full Frontal Nudity explores the reaction of three American tourists to the perfection and beauty of Michelangelo’s David. In Prelude and Liebstod, a renowned conductor watches his life unravel while conducting Wagner’s musical masterpiece. With its world premiere in the winter of 2004 starring Frank Langella and Isabella Rossellini, The Stendhal Syndrome will join the ranks of important plays by this American master.