Last Tango in Heaven

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Last Tango in Heaven is a play by Mario Schiess (1933-1998).

The original text

A Jungian play about two women, Emma Jung (wife of Carl Jung) and Toni Wolff, (mistress of Jung), who meet in the afterlife to bitch and squabble, debating their soul state, the angst that swims with adultery, and so much more.

It was Schiess's last play and was written in four days. The original title on the typed manuscript was Mysterium Conjunctionis but was subsequently changed to Last Tango in Heaven.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1998: Performed by Durban’s Backlash Theatre Company on the fringe at the Grahamstown Festival, directed by Schiess with Catherine Mace as Toni, the ex-patient turned mistress, and Calli Denton as Emma, the long-suffering wife.

2018: Read at the Rosendal-teater in Rosendal, Eastern Free State, on 22 September by Michéle Schiess.


"Mario Schiess se werk voorgelees", Volksblad, 19 September, 2018.

Photocopy of the original typed text of Mysterium Conjunctionis (with a hand-written note saying "2nd title 'Last Tango in Heaven' "), found in the Stellenbosch Drama Department archives in 2022.

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