On the Production of Hauptmann’s The Festival of Peace
The Buchners reconcile … Firmly. With condence. At the end of the rst act, and at the beginning of the second, the audience should trust them. At the moment when everyone gathers by the Christmas tree, the audience must feel gratitude toward the Buchners, who have done such a great deed so well. [This is necessary] so that the rst outburst [of the Scholz family scandal] at the Christmas party would affect me-the audience-scare me and inspire my apprehension and disappointment, as well as my desire to rush to the Buchners’ aid. Everyone who desires to be pleasant always puts you off by his very
desire to be pleasant. An actor who possesses natural-born pleasantness must use it (seek
himself in the role), instead of seeking outside of himself.