Piese de Maurice Valency

Conversation with a Sphinx
The scene is a mountain pass in ancient Greece, on the road to Thebes. The pass is guarded by a priestess from the temple of Hera and by a sphinx who must ask a riddle of all who pass. If the traveler cannot solve the riddle he is hurled to his death, but if he can he is allowed to pass—and proceed to his doom. A young man approaches, and while the priestess pleads that he be allowed to turn back, or to pass unchallenged, the sphinx is adamant that the riddle must be posed. The priestess retires, and the sphinx accosts the young man, Oedipus, who has come from Delphi, where he has consulted the oracle. At first he denies this, but the sphinx knows his story without his telling it—and foretells what lies ahead for him as well. In keeping with the casual, offhand mood of the play, Oedipus attempts to treat these disclosures lightly, but inevitably he cannot. The riddle is asked, and solved, the sphinx vanishes forever, and Oedipus proceeds to the awful fate that the gods have ordained for him.
In the sinister recesses of her kitchen Mother Rigby, the witch, fashions a scarecrow and then, christening him Lord Feathertop, she sends the scarecrow off to the house of Judge Gookin, a rich and haughty man who has repeatedly claimed that no young suitor in the town is good enough for his daughter. Lord Feathertop impresses Gookin as a person of refinement and importance and he quickly invites the town's leading citizens to meet this most eligible of young men. His daughter, Polly, who is already in love with another, is not equally taken with the mysterious stranger but her father, sensing that Feathertop's supposed connections with the powerful lords of England will be of benefit to him, flatters and cajoles his guest and even offers to betray his rivals in the Colony. Having little in his head to begin with, Feathertop has even less to say in response to all this, which convinces everyone that he is indeed a wise and weighty man. Then Polly catches a glimpse of him in a mirror, and what she sees is not the glittering Lord whom the others have deluded themselves into accepting, but the scarecrow that he really is. Polly faints at the sight of him and Feathertop, struck with the sham of his existence, forces the others to look too, and then goes back to Mother Rigby in sad dismay. He no longer wants to live knowing what he is and what others are like beneath their veneer and, casting his pipe aside, he becomes once more the straw-filled scarecrow-albeit one with a real tear of human emotion trickling down his painted cheek.
Mad Woman Of Chaillot
The play is a kind of poetic and comic fable set in the twilight zone of the not-quite-true. At the Cafe Chez Francis, a group of promoters plot to tear up Paris in order to unearth the oil which a prospector believes he has located in the neighborhood. These grandiose plans come to the attention of The Madwoman of Chaillot who is ostensibly not normal in her mind but who is soon shown to be the very essence of practical worldly goodness and common sense. She sees through the crookedness of the prospector and insists that the world is being turned into an unhappy place by the thieves and those who are greedy for worldly goods and power. At a tea party attended by other "mad" women of Paris, she has brought together representatives of the despoilers of the earth and wreckers of its happiness, and has them tried and condemned to extermination. In a scene which mounts into the realms of high poetic comedy, she sends the culprits one by one, lured by the scent of oil and undreamed-of riches, into a bottomless pit which opens out of her cellar. The exodus of the wicked is accompanied by another and more beautiful miracle: Joy, justice and love return to the world again.
Out of the night and out of the sea springs a beautiful nymph who falls in love with a handsome knight only to discover that their love is too ideal to survive the shocks of the world.
Regarding Electra
The time is the present, the place the ruins of Agamemnon's palace at Mycenae, where a guide points out matters of interest to a group of tourists. As they move on, a young man stays behind to speak to the young girl who has been silently watching the group and, magically, almost imperceptibly, the centuries begin to fall away. She is Electra, and he is Orestes, the children of the slain Agamemnon. They are joined shortly by their mother, Clytemnestra, and her paramour, Aegisthus, and the great tale of crime and retribution begins to unfold. Electra thinks only of revenge against her mother, who killed Agamemnon and married her lover, and she has been waiting anxiously for Orestes to return and carry out the dreaded punishment. At first Orestes pleads that he wants nothing to do with his family and its troubles but, gradually, inexorably, the force of events draws him on to the fatal deed—the slaying of his mother and her conspirator. But then, in the shocked silence which follows, the past vanishes as suddenly as it had appeared, leaving us once again to contemplate the quiet, dusty ruins, and the haunting, terrible secrets which they hold.
The Enchanted
A charming young lady in a provincial French town is obsessed by the supernatural, she then falls in love a discovers the joys of the natural world.
The Thracian Horses
Howard Taubman's description of "At the outset he shows us the radiant Alcestis greeting King Admetus, her husband, returned from the wars after another victory. Her acceptance of her duty to honor and adore her master knows no questioning. He insists that his triumph was lucky, but she will not believe him. When death seeks him out, and it is decreed that he can be saved only if someone takes his place, she alone in all Thessaly accepts the grim destiny as if it were a glorious privilege. Thus far Mr. Valency pursues the main lines of the legend…In the second half THE THRACIAN HORSES gets down to its ironic business. It suggests that Alcestis, brought back by Heracles from Hades, is outraged to discover that she has been robbed of her chance of lasting fame. She turns into a shrewish tigress. She tells Admetus that she has always detested his vapid, fat face. Crito has some conventionally cynical remarks to make. Alcestis and Admetus bicker like a pair of fishmongers. Peace is restored only when Zeus, from a perch above the troubled multitude, appears and speaks of his and his creatures' problems.
The Visit
Relocates the action from a post-war Swiss backwater to the deserted airport of a bankrupt town somewhere in 21st century Scotland to allow a warts-and-all view of people in power.

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Maurice Valency s-a nascut la data de 22 martie 1903 in New York City, SUA.

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