Don Juan Comes Home from Iraq

by Paula Vogel
directed by Blanka Zizka

March 19 – April 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.


‘Don Juan’ at the Wilma a searing soldier’s tale
“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
“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.”
“The Wilma delivers a spectacular production of an ambitious world premiere!”