Arthur Schnitzler (1862-1931) was an Austrian author and playwright. He received a Doctorate in Medicine from the University of Vienna in 1886 but concentrated his efforts on writing. Through his plays and novellas he explored the sexual repression that he found in Viennese society. Sigmund Freud wrote to Schnitzler that "you have learned through intuition - as a result of sensitive introspection - everything that I have had to unearth by laborious work." Reigen/The Circle is set in Vienna. Its dramatic structure consists of ten interlocking scenes between pairs of lovers. Each of its ten characters appears in two consecutive scenes, with one from the final scene, The Prostitute, having appeared in the first scene, thus completing the circle. Schnitzler circulated the play privately among friends. It was not publicly performed until 1920.