The Talisman by Nestroy

July 28, 2015

I’ve just added a sample  of my translation of Nestroy’s The Talisman (click on the name)  to this website.  This play is perhaps Nestroy’s most famous, and rightly so.  I have shifted the action to the Hudson Valley, inspired by Thornton Wilder’s The Matchmaker which takes place in Yonkers, and which was taken from Nestroy’s Einen Jux Will Er Sich Machen.   This is a one-act version, without the songs, and it plays extremely well, especially for high school actors.  It was performed by the freshman class at High Mowing School in Wilton, NH and is available to other directors by emailing me.

I’m writing this post to urge my readers to take a look at the translations of Nestroy, Schnitzler and Lessing that I’ve done on this site.  Lessing’s Nathan the Wise is not really a translation, but a reworking or this famous play, but it has been tremendously successful, and more accessible than the blank verse original.   I call my version Crusader, Muslim, and Jew, and its message is so important in this era when our three cultures are spiraling downward deeper into mutual mistrust and hatred.  My Nestroy and Schnitzler translations also have proven to be very popular wherever they’re performed.   Nestroy is a comic genius and deserves more attention in the English-speaking world.

So much anger in the world now.  So much hate and fear.   So much of it in the name of religion.  How will the we ever find the road to peace?  Seven Sacraments for Everyone is an attempt to overcome the differences that are driving us apart.  Influenced by the work of Karen Armstrong and Joseph Campbell, this book is an appeal to all sides to find common ground.  (Go to the website)

“Coye has written a superb book. No matter what your background is, or what you choose to believe–or not believe–regarding religion, spirituality, morals, happiness, or the meaning of our existence, “Seven Sacraments for Everyone” provides ideas that will help you navigate life in today’s complicated world.”–Amazon review


March 3, 2009


This site is an archive for plays for children and adults, translations, articles, and other writings by Dale F. Coye.


The Plays

March 1, 2009

Plays by Arthur Schnitzler

The Greatest Most Stupendous Show on Earth

Plays by Johann Nestroy (junior high school, high school, community theatre)

The Talisman

Richman, Poorman

The House of the Four Temperaments

The Sleepwalkers

Plays for college students

A Child’s Guide to American History

The Shepherd Proposal

Plays from The Waldorf School of Princeton for Grades 1 – 7

An Overview: Plays for Children

Purchasing Information

Comments from teachers whose classes have performed these plays

1st and 2nd Grade:  The Land of Sounds

3rd Grade:  The Story of Moses

4th Grade:  Loki and Sif’s Golden Hair

5th Grade:  Perseus and Danae

6th Grade:  Crusader, Muslim, and Jew

7th grade:  Magellan

 Plays for high school students

            Antigone Too

We recently performed the 4th grade play.  It was a hit!  Many compliments were given by parents, teachers, and students alike.  An 8th grader told me, as she passed in the hall, “The 4th grade play was really good; it was the first play I actually listened to.”  I thought this was the penultimate of compliments! 
Victoria, Washington Waldorf School
I want to thank you for your wonderful play, Crusader, Muslim and Jew, that my class just performed to great reviews.  The children were able to do so much of it themselves — all backdrops, props, costume changes, prompting, lighting, the program and on and on.  We enriched it with extra music including 2 cellos, a viola and 2 violins.  They opened the play with Mozart’s Veil of Destiny from The Magic Flute.  After the prologue we had the strings and the class singing The HaTikvah to set the mood for Nathan’s house in scene 1.  Whenever the Christian Brothers were due to enter, we first introduced them with a Sanctus sung by the class behind stage, giving the mood of chanting in a monastery.  The class really took up the themes of the play and the parents were impressed with the understanding expressed throughout.
Wendy, Class 6 Teacher, East Bay Waldorf School, CA 

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