A Bright Room Called Day


Based on Bertolt Brecht’s The Private Life of the Master Race, the play is about a bohemian group of friends during Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party’s rise to power in Germany, 1932 and 1933. The group gets together in the apartment of a middle-aged actress, Agnes Eggling, as they struggle to come to terms with the new regime. Interrupting this scene is Zillah Katz, a young woman living in the 1980s who believes that President Reagan is beginning to resemble Hitler.
Format: Full-length play
Cast Size: 4M/5F
Running time: 80 minutes



See also Voices: Plays for Studying the Holocaust, Janet E. Rubin (Scarecrow Press, 1999), a compilation of eight plays, including A Bright Room Called Day, along with related activities and resources for upper elementary, middle and high school students.

A revision by the original playwright Tony Kushner. In retooling his first produced work, Tony Kushner himself appears as a character in this lumbering portrait of endangered artists in Nazi Berlin.


Original or Prominent Production: First presented in a workshop by Heat & Light Co., Inc., at Theatre 22, New York, April 1985, directed by Tony Kushner; premiered at the Eureka Theatre, San Francisco, October 1987.
Original Source Material: Private Life of the Master Race by Bertolt Brecht
Nationality of Author:
Original Language: English

Published in Plays by Tony KushnerBroadway Play Publishing.