Clasius, of Het Proces om een Komedie-Lootje
While this is the most commonly accepted final title, the play is usually simply referred to as Clasius in the literature. The full title has also been given as Clasius stupidibus bavianus of Het proces om een komedielootjie or Clasius, of Het Proces om een Komedielootjie by some authors. It later acquired another new title (again in two versions) Nog Net Zoo and Nognetzoo.
The original text
A satire on people in Cape Town, including his arch rival Joseph Suasso de Lima, in which the latter is equated to a learned baboon, it was originally announced (on 24 May 1834) as De Gekwetste Reputatie, of Het Komedielootje ("The wounded reputation, or the comedy lottery ticket"). It was first performed by Vlyt en Kunst in 1834 with the title Clasius, of Het Proces om een Komedie-Lootjie.
The text was not formally published till 19**, but was available in a number of printed texts in Cape Town. The one used by F.C.L. Bosman for his study contains a caricature of De Lima on the inside cover, and the title page has: "Clasius, of Het Proces om een Komedie-Lootjie. Kluchtig en Geschiedkundig Treurspel" ("Clasius, or The Process of the Comedy-lottery ticket. [A] farcical and historical tragedy"). The publisher is given as Vlyt en Kunst 1834. F.C.L. Bosman (1928: pp. 323-330) provides quite a comprehensive discussion and description of the work (in Afrikaans).
Translations and adaptations
Performance history in South Africa
1934: Performed on 24 May by Vlyt en Kunst under the original title of De Gekwetste Reputatie, of Het Komedielootje, as interlude between Robert Maxwell, of De Offerdood (Kotzebue) and De Wonderdoctor (Molière).
1834: Performed under the new title of Clasius, of Het Proces om een Komedielootjie by Vlyt en Kunst on 19 July 1834, with De Vaandrig (Schroder). The actors in the piece were A.J. Lind, J. de Kock, P.A. Ley, H. Ley, J. Tyrholm, E.G. de Roubaix, P. Baard and J.M. Wolhuter.
1834: Performed, with minor adjustments, under another new title as Nog Net Zoo on
F.C.L. Bosman, 1928:pp. 322-330
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A satirical after-play by Charles Etienne Boniface. A satire on people in Cape Town, including his arch rival Joseph Suasso de Lima, it was initially called De Gekwetste Reputatie, but was finally performed under the full final title of Clasius stupidibus bavianus of Het proces om een komedielootjie. Also written as Clasius, of Het Proces om een Komedielootjie or Clasius, of Het Proces om een Komedie-lootjie. However, it is usually simply referred to as Clasius.
Not published till 19**, based on several manuscripts found in libraries in Cape Town.
Bosman, 1928 pp 323-33;