Staging the Holocaust: The Shoah in Drama and Performance

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This book describes and analyzes theater productions performed in Israel, America, Poland, France, Italy and Germany that deal with the Holocaust. The collected essays trace the development of the realistic/documentary stagings of the 1950s-1970s through to today's very controversial avant-garde shows. This is the first book that deals with Holocaust plays "in performance," and provides many previously unpublished drawings and documents, as well as an important descriptive bibliography.

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"...the exceptionally thought-provoking volume entitled, Staging the Holocaust: The Shoah in Drama and Performance...offers us chapter after chapter introducing and analyzing the work of various theatre artists from all over the world who have taken up this weighty challenge." Dr. Diane Cypkin, Iyar-Sivan
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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; Select bibliography; Index.

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