Performance: The Death of Orpheus


Morris small2.jpgInvitation to the reading of The Death of Orpheus in Terezín.  From the Morris and Hildegard Henschel Collection, courtesy of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

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The Department of German, Scandinavian & Dutch (GSD) at the University of Minnesota and the students of German 4040 are pleased to announce their stage production of Der Tod des Orpheus (The Death of Orpheus), written in the Terezín/Theresienstadt ghetto by prisoner Georg Kafka in 1943. Juliette Brungs, Ph.D. candidate in GSD, has directed the play, which will be performed in German by students and staff of the department and presented in the Student Center on the U of MN St. Paul campus. 

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Show dates and times are:

April 23th at 11:00 am (matinee)
April 24th at 8:00 pm and
April 25th at 7:00 pm.

Admission is $6 ($3 for University of Minnesota students).  

See below for more information about the author.

Click here for the flyer:   Orpheus.pdf

Click here for the program:   Orpheus program.pdf

There has never been a full theatrical production of the play; this April you can see its world premiere in St. Paul. The production has also provided a unique opportunity for collaboration with another relative of the Kafka family. Composer Josef Třeštík, great-grandson of Franz Kafka's sister Ottla (Ottilie), has provided a musical theme for The Death of Orpheus and will come from Prague to attend the performances.

About the author

Georg Kafka, a distant relative of Franz Kafka, was born on February 15, 1921, and was deported with his parents from Prague to Theresienstadt on July 23, 1942.  A staged reading of his dramatic poem The Death of Orpheus took place in October 1943 in the ghetto. In the fall of 1944 Georg Kafka was deported to Auschwitz; he died some months later in the Schwarzheide camp. The text of his play has been preserved in the archives of the Jewish Museum in Prague. 

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