This unsympathetic, brutal and vindictive Casper is closer to Pulcinella and Punch, if not to his Hamburg cousin, Kasper Putschenelle presented by Johannes E. Rabe, than to the nice Kasperle for children from pedagogical literature of the interwar period. The play was published anonymously in the sixth issue of Caspertheater by the publishers Gräbe and Hetzer in Sonneberg (no date given). The front cover cites the naive aesthetics of the peddler publications that ensured the circulation of popular puppet plays in the 19th century. A warning printed on the flap tells the audience that anyone who does not behave well during the performance will have to pay double and that unwashed spectators will be sent home. We have been warned.
The wicked man must be judged and condemned
Casper is accused by a farmer of stealing his hay and the cart and cow that went with it. He tries to bargain over the compensation and settles the matter with a stick. In court, he insults the judge and beats the policeman. The peasant asks for him to be hanged, but Casper finds out and hangs him instead. Then he beats the policeman again. The judge wants him tortured and executed, but Casper beats him to death.
Publications and translations
Caspertheater Nr. 6, Sonneberg, Gräbe & Hetzer, [s.d.]