Holocaust Plays - Terezin
I have written three holocaust plays. The first, entitled "DREAMS OF BEATING TIME"
(1988) is a huge cast epic dealing with the fate of Jewish classical musicians in Terezin (Theresienstadt) and comparing their fate with that of the conductor Wilhelm Furtwängler.
The second "CAMP COMEDY"
deals with the fate of the German actor and film director, Kurt Gerron - he sang the Mackie Messer Morität in the premiere of Brecht's "Threepenny Opera" and appeared opposite Marlene Dietrich in "The Blue Angel". The play had its world amateur premiere at SUNY Geneseo in March 2003 in an excellent production by Randy Barbara Kaplan, featuring music by Anneliese Weibel. The world professional premiere was in 2012 in Legnica, Poland, under the title KOMEDIA OBOZOWA. The production was subsequently selected to be shown at the annual Warsaw Theatre Festival in 2013, and shortly afterwards it was awarded the first prize at the "Bez Graniz" International Theatre Festival in Cieszyn. The play uses original cabaret texts written in Theresienstadt. My translations of these texts can be found in "Theatrical Performance during the Holocaust" (Johns Hopkins University Press) and in my article on Gerron and the cabaret in "Staging the Holocaust" ed. Claude Schumacher, Cambridge University Press 1998.
"CAMP COMEDY" is published in "The Theatre of the Holocaust. Vol 2, ed. Robert Skloot, University of Wisconsin Press. 1999. ISBN 0-299-16274-5
I also appear as the narrator in Ilona Ziok's documentary film "Kurt Gerrons Karussell" which stars Ute Lemper, Ben Becker, Bente Kahan and Coco Schumann.
The third play completed in September 2014 is called COUNT TWO FREE
. It needs only two actors (1 f 1 m) and deals with the conductor Rafael Schächter and his performances of Verdi's Requiem which culminated in a presentation to the Red Cross international delegation when they inspected Terezin in June 1943. The main themes are survival, resistance, defiance, justice and freedom (through art) in a situation in which there is seemingly no freedom at all.