UPDATE: Due to my upcoming move to the UK, the summer course has been cancelled. More information on the move coming soon!
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Theater During the Holocaust:
Staging Cabarets and Plays from the Theresienstadt Ghetto
What did theater mean to the prisoners of the Theresienstadt ghetto, and what do their performances mean for us today? During the Harvard Summer Session I will be teaching a performance-based course on the scripts written in the ghetto, which range from cabarets to puppet plays, from historical dramas to a Purimspiel. Our goal will be to adapt individual scenes from the scripts to perform for an invited audience at the end of the course, while learning about the history of the ghetto itself, the Theresienstadt authors, and the prewar Central European theater traditions that influenced them. No previous theater experience is required. The course will meet on Mondays and Wednesdays, noon-3pm, June 27-August 12. Information on registration (open until May 23) is available at http://www.summer.harvard.edu/
For more information on the course, please see:
For more information on the English-language anthology of plays to be published in the summer of 2011, Performing Captivity, Performing Escape: Cabarets and Plays from the Terezín/Theresienstadt Ghetto, please see: