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Staging Atrocity: Theater of the Holocaust

Drama 4011 - Spring 2021

Responding to the Holocaust has challenged artists working in every medium. Nowhere are these challenges more extreme than in the theater, where the intimacy of the space, the close proximity of live actors and audience, and the subject matter itself may serve to intensify its effect. We will read a careful selection of modern and contemporary dramas, exploring the range of responses. Underneath each weekly topic reverberate the nagging question of whether one can - or should - make art from the Holocaust, as well as a serious exploration of the uses and effectiveness of theater to communicate on this subject. We look at the ways in which the Holocaust has been used as a subject to raise moral dilemmas, examine the limits of humanity, elicit doubt or faith, and to provide political commentary, and the ways in which playwrights have stretched the limits of the theater to meet the challenge of staging the Holocaust. Topics considered include the nationalization and personalization of the Holocaust, the role of the second generation, issues of audience, the use of experimental forms and obscenity. The plays on the syllabus are from North America, Israel and Europe. All readings in English (original or translation).
Course Attributes: EN HBU HumBU ISAS HUMAS LCDFA HUMAR HUMAS SC

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Staging Atrocity: Theater of the Holocaust
INSTRUCTOR: Nancy Berg
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