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Staging the Holocaust
The Shoah in Drama and Performance

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Modern Theatre

Claude Schumacher, Robert Skloot, Hank Greenspan, Freddie Rokem, Gad Kaynar, Atay Citron, Dan Laor, Alvin Goldfarb, Seth Wolitz, Roy Kift, Yehuda Moraly, John Ireland, Dorothy Knowles, Helga Finter, Alexander Stillmark, Anat Feinberg, Jeanette R. Malkin
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  • Date Published: December 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521035200

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  • 'To portray the Holocaust, one has to create a work of art', says Claude Lanzmann, the director of Shoah. However, can the Holocaust be turned into theatre? Is it possible to portray on stage events that, by their monstrosity, defy human comprehension? These are the questions addressed by the playwrights and the scholars featured in this book. Their essays present and analyse plays performed in Israel, America, France, Italy, Poland and, of course, Germany. The style of presentation ranges from docudramas to avant-garde performances, from realistic impersonation of historical figures to provocative and nightmarish spectacles. The book is illustrated with original production photographs and some rare drawings and documents; it also contains an important descriptive bibliography of more than two hundred Holocaust plays.

    • The first book to deal with Holocaust plays in performance
    • Generously illustrated with original production photographs and some rare drawings and documents
    • Contains an important descriptive bibliography of Holocaust plays
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    • Date Published: December 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521035200
    • length: 372 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 153 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.566kg
    • contains: 36 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    Notes on contributors
    Introduction Claude Schumacher
    1. Holocaust theatre and the problem of justice Robert Skloot
    2. The power and limits of the metaphor of survivors' testimony Hank Greenspan
    3. On the fantastic in Holocaust performances Freddie Rokem
    4. The Holocaust experience through theatrical profanation Gad Kaynar
    5. Ben Hecht's pageant-drama: A Flag is Born Atay Citron
    6. Theatrical interpretation of the Shoah: image and counter-image Dan Laor
    7. Inadequate memories: the survivor in plays by Mann, Kesselman, Lebow and Baitz Alvin Goldfarb
    8. Performing a Holocaust play in Warsaw in 1963 Seth Wolitz
    9. Reality and illusion in the Theresienstadt cabaret Roy Kift
    10. Liliane Atlan's Un Opéra pour Terezin Yehuda Moraly
    11. History, utopia and the concentration camp in Gatti's early plays John Ireland
    12. Armand Gatti and the silence of the 1059 days of Auschwitz Dorothy Knowles
    13. Charlotte Delbo: theatre as a means of survival Claude Schumacher
    14. Primo Levi's stage version of Se questo è un uomo Helga Finter
    15. Heinar Kipphardt's Brother Eichmann Alexander Stillmark
    16. George Tabori's mourning work in Jubiläum Anat Feinberg
    17. Thomas Bernhard, Jews, Heldenplatz Jeanette R. Malkin
    18. Select bibliography of Holocaust plays, 1933–1997 Alvin Goldfarb
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    Index.

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    Claude Schumacher

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    Claude Schumacher, Robert Skloot, Hank Greenspan, Freddie Rokem, Gad Kaynar, Atay Citron, Dan Laor, Alvin Goldfarb, Seth Wolitz, Roy Kift, Yehuda Moraly, John Ireland, Dorothy Knowles, Helga Finter, Alexander Stillmark, Anat Feinberg, Jeanette R. Malkin

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