[Hamburg]: (Thalia Theater), 1990. First Edition. Wraps. Oblong 4to. Saddle-stapled white wraps. Light edgewear and corner scuffing; minor touches of soil. Pages faintly toned. Very good plus. Very good +. Item #23816
Original program from the premiere of THE BLACK RIDER at Hamburg's Thalia Theater on March 31, 1990. The collaborative avant-garde theater project married Wilson's design and direction, Waits' music, and Burroughs' libretto, adapted from the German folktale of Der Freischütz (The Marksman) and thematically redirected away from the unearthly and towards the allegorical: the lure of the devil's bullets becomes a blatant addiction metaphor, and in this version, as in life, the protagonist's betrothed is not permitted to get out of his story with her life.
Program includes Thomas de Quincey's translation of Johann August Apel's rendering of the legend, as well as the earlier Der Freikugelguß des Schreibers from Otto von Grabens zum Stein. Both texts in German and English translations. With Burroughs' libretto and color plates of his artwork throughout.