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The Theatre of the Holocaust, Volume 1

Four Plays

Edited and with and introduction by Robert Skloot

Publication Year: 1982

This volume contains these four plays:

Resort 76 by Shimon Wincelberg
Will the relentless oppression of the starving workers in a ghetto factory destroy their faith in God? Their love of life? Their ability to resist? If a cat is more valuable than a human being, have hope and goodness been eliminated from the world? A moving and terrifying melodrama.

Throne of Straw
by Harold and Edith Lieberman
Through the career of Mordechai Chaim Rumkowski, head of the Lodz, Poland Judenrat, we come to understand the horror of “choiceless choice,” of how giving up some to save others was the worst nightmare for those who sought the responsibilities of ghetto leadership. An epic play with music and song.

The Cannibals
by George Tabori
The children of murder victims assemble to enact ritually the destruction of their fathers in the presence of two survivors. As the sons become their fathers, the most profound ethical questions of the Holocaust are raised concerning the limits of humanity in a world of absolute evil. A daring tragicomedy.

Who Will Carry the Word?
by Charlotte Delbo (translated by Cynthia Haft)
In the austere, degraded setting of a concentration camp, twenty-two French women attempt to keep their sanity and hope as, one by one, they fall victim to the Nazi terror. Will anyone believe the story of the survivors? A poetic drama of resistance and witness.

Published by: University of Wisconsin Press

Contents

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p. vii-vii

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Acknowledgments

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p. ix-ix

I should like to express my gratitude for the encouragement and assistance I received in putting together this anthology, especially to Mendel Kohansky, Edie Naveh, Alan Lettofsky, Judy Sidran and ...

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Introduction

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pp. 3-37

The usually quiet unfolding of human history is sometimes interrupted by events of shattering and lasting effect on the lives of whole peoples. In the twentieth century the world has seen more than a few such events. A case could be made, for example, that the exploration of the solar system in the 1960s and 1970s, in a...

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RESORT 76

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pp. 39-112

All characters are fictitious or dead. Any similarity to actual events is regretted...The action takes place in and around the living quarters of "Resort 76," a small factory for the salvage of textile wastes. The locale is one of the the Rehabilitation Zones1 of an occupied country in eastern Europe. The time is during the Second World War. The sea ...

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THRONE OF STRAW

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pp. 113-196

We should like to thank the following for helping the play along the way: Mel Helstein, Donald Freed, Dorothy Sinclair, Bob Skloot, Halina Charwat, Carl Lieberman, Lillian Hara. Special thanks to Abbey Fraser for writing the original music. Thanks to Ellen Schiff for her article about Holocaust playwrights in the New York Times, ...

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THE CANNIBALS

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pp. 197-265

Being the extraordinary tale of a dinner party as told by the sons of those who attended the feast and the two survivors by whose courtesy the facts are known... A white room. A long table with benches. A three-tiered bunk. An old-fashioned stove. A pisspot. A door. Against the back wall, a mountain of clothes, shoes, hair, teeth...

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WHO WILL CARRY THE WORD?

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pp. 267-325

No sets. The site is suggested by the positions and movements of the characters, and by the lighting. The action takes place in the barracks (there is no need to represent them; the light and text suffice) and on the roll call square outside a barren, snowy place or a barren, dusty place. The following is...

Selected Bibliography

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pp. 327-333


E-ISBN-13: 9780299090739
Print-ISBN-13: 9780299090746

Publication Year: 1982