Don Juan Comes Home from Iraq

by Paula Vogel
directed by Blanka Zizka
March 19, 2014April 20, 2014

Pulitzer Prize-winner Paula Vogel (HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE) joins creative forces with Wilma Artistic Director Blanka Zizka, along with a full company of actors and designers, to develop a World Premiere production in Philadelphia, DON JUAN COMES HOME FROM IRAQ. Playing with time and space, this is a tale of one Marine’s return home from war and discovery that his lover is missing. Searching for her, he embarks on a surrealistic tour through the streets and history of Philadelphia. This collaborative project is inspired by DON JUAN RETURNS FROM THE WAR (written in 1936 by Bertolt Brecht’s younger contemporary Ödön von Horváth) and grounded in the experiences of recent veterans who often return from Iraq or Afghanistan to a home where most of the population has little direct connection with war.

Running Time: 
1 hour and 50 minutes (without intermission)

Press / News

"What theater should be. Theater meeting life in a head-on collision. Theater grabbing us by the shirt and smacking us into walls. Theater that makes us weep, wail — maybe even hope."
"The cast is brilliant...this worthy production should be seen in its world premiere!"
— Phindie
"This is a spectacular production on a serious topic. Blanka Zizka’s direction is breathtaking...creative stagecraft and striking visual images."
— Broad Street Review
"Beautifully staged with brave exploration of the moral conundrums of modern war."
— Philadelphia Magazine
"The Wilma delivers a spectacular production of an ambitious world premiere!"
"Wow. Paula Vogel's new play, Don Juan Comes Home from Iraq at The Wilma Theater, is a powerful anti-war play. It is also powerfully theatrical and emotionally and intellectually challenging. In other words, it's terrific."
'Don Juan' at the Wilma a searing soldier's tale




Keith J. Conallen • Don Juan
Kate Czajkowski • Cressida
Melanye Finister • Company Actor
Yvette Ganier • Company Actor
Sarah Gliko • Company Actor
Hannah Gold • Company Actor
Kevin Meehan • Company Actor
Brian Ratcliffe • Company Actor
Lindsay Smiling • Company Actor

Production Team

Paula Vogel • Playwright
Blanka Zizka • Director
Matt Saunders • Set Designer
Thom Weaver • Lighting Designer
Vasilija Zivanic • Costume Designer
Daniel Perelstein • Composer & Sound Designer
Patreshettarlini Adams • Stage Manager