The Tableau of the “Dream” in the First Act represents
“The tyranny of terror.”
Scene—France. Time. 1794.
Act I.—The terror. Scene—The interior of the study of Paul Kauvar.
Act II.—The inhumanity of man. Scene—Prison of the Conciergerie adjoining the Revolutionary Tribunal in Paris.
Act III.—The confession.
Scene—The Grand Hall of the Chateau of
Delaroche in La Vendee.
Act IV.—On parole. Scene—Same as Act III.
Three minutes will elapse between Acts IV. and V.
Act V.—“’Twixt love and Honor.” Scene—Same as Act IV.
The Tableau which concludes this performance, and rivals in power and beauty the famous dream scene of the first act, represents allegorically
“The Conquest of evil.”
It is a poetic picture, full of deep thought and careful study. The central figure is that of the Angel of Conquest, with one foot upon the prostrate fiend Anarchy, holding high that irresistible weapon of progress, the Sword of Light. The fiend carries in his hands the Torch and Flag of Anarchy, and with these is about to sink into the Abyss of Darkness.
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A PLAY IN FIVE ACTS
By Steele Mackaye
1915, by Harold Steele Mackaye
1919, by Harold Steele Mackaye
[The Editor wishes to thank Mrs. Steele Mackaye and Mr. Percy Mackaye for their permission to include “Paul Kauvar” in the present Collection. All rights are fully secured, and proceedings will immediately be taken against anyone attempting to infringe them.]
Paul Kauvar, Age 30.—President
of the Revolutionary Section of
Fraternity. Afterwards Captain on GENERAL KLEBER’S staff.
HENRI DE LA ROCHEJACQUELEIN, Age 22. Commander of the Royalist forces in la Vendee.
GENERAL KLEBER, In command of the Republican forces in la Vendee.
HONORE ALBERT MAXIME, DUC DE BEAUMONT, Age 65.
Cousin of LA
GOUROC, alias MARQUIS DE VAUX, Of the Jacobin
Club, and one of the
Public Accusers of the Revolutionary Tribunal.
COLONEL LA HOGUE, On the staff of LA ROCHEJACQUELEIN.
MARDOCHE, alias the ABBE DE ST. SIMON.
JEAN LITAIS, A peasant of Brittany—formerly
a servant of the DUC DE
BEAUMONT. Then for a time turnkey in the prison of the Republic.