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The Theatre of the Holocaust, Volume 2

Six Plays

Edited and with and introduction by Robert Skloot

Publication Year: 1982

This second volume of The Theatre of the Holocaust, when combined with the first, represents the most significant and comprehensive international collection of plays on the Holocaust. Since the appearance of Volume 1 in 1982, theatre and Holocaust studies have undergone astonishing transformations. In Volume 2, Skloot presents six plays acknowleding the most recent theatrical forms in our post-modern age.

Published by: University of Wisconsin Press

Title Page

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Contents

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pp. vii-

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Acknowledgments

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pp. viii-

For their advice and assistance in the publication of this anthology, I am grateful to Rachel Brenner, Alvin Goldfarb, Rabbi Kenneth J. Katz, Louise Root Robbins, Claude Schumacher, the playwrights and their agents, and especially to Steve Salemson, Associate Director of the University of Wisconsin Press, and its...

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Introduction

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pp. 3-34

Since the first appearance of volume one of The Theatre of the Holocaust in 1982, the old discipline of theatre and the new field of Holocaust studies have undergone astonishing transformations. Both the old and the new have changed and been changed by the academic and cultural turbulence that has forced the...

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CAMP COMEDY

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pp. 35-113

This play is set in Theresienstadt in 1944. As such it is a work of fiction inspired by fact. Like Shakespeare and countless other dramatists before me, I have taken history and shaped it to my own theatrical ends. Before setting out to write the play, I decided I must remain as faithful as possible to the facts I had researched...

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THE SURVIVOR AND THE TRANSLATOR

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pp. 115-148

The Survivor and the Translator: A solo theatre work about not having experienced the Holocaust, by a daughter of concentration camp survivors was created over a three-year period. It was fueled by disembodied memory and blood-connection, and by the intention to articulate and translate what had been spoken in my

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DREAMS OF ANNE FRANK

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pp. 149-204

A few years ago, the Polka Theatre for young people carried out a survey to find out which subjects young people most wanted to see dramatized and produced on the stage. Two themes emerged that stood out amongst all others: the stories of two girls whose lives epitomized the highest expression of the human spirit. They...

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THE MODEL APARTMENT

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pp. 205-261

The model apartment in a condominium development in Florida. Its large sunken living room is also used for dining and sleeping; the kitchen is fully exposed; a corridor leads to the bath and dressing rooms. Floor-to-ceiling windows and sliding doors open onto a small, enclosed sun porch, a patch of foliage, and, at street...

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THE PORTAGE TO SAN CRISTOBAL OF A. H.

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pp. 263-329

As dawn breaks, quickly, and the light modulates from darkness to the dim ecclesiastical shade of day, a wall of sound erupts, a jungle cacophony which will form a background to all the Brazilian scenes. At the same time, we become aware of the motionless shapes of five men, lying on the ground, facing upstage...

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H. I. D. (HESS IS DEAD)

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pp. 331-396

The Waag is an old customs house that once stood at one of the gates of the city. At its center there is a seventeenth-century dissecting room, a place of enlightenment and science. Criminals hanged just outside the gate were rushed, fresh, to the dissecting room, where their humanity was laid bare by the surgeon's knife...

Selected Bibliography

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pp. 399-

Contributors

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pp. 400-407


E-ISBN-13: 9780299162733
Print-ISBN-13: 9780299162740

Publication Year: 1982