Summer 1958 • Vol. XX No. 3 Drama |

The Life of Confucius

(A scene from a posthumous fragment, as translated by H. E. Rank) Author's Note: The play The Life of Confucius has been written for a theatre of child-actors. It may appear that one cannot do justice to this sublime subject by entrusting it to children for presentation. But it could be argued that for children only the most sublime subjects are sublime enough. Besides, the presentation of such a Life on the stage, even when undertaken by the best actors, will always suffer from a certain degree of imperfection; the playwright may therefore have good reason to prefer the imperfect acting of children to that of adult actors. The acting of children will seem more objective and for this very reason it appears preferable to the more subjective treatment of adult actors. Subtle psychological analysis is beyond the range of child-actors and this is a sufficiently compelling reason to entrust to them the representation of a great public figure who has formulated for himself everyt

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