Camp Comedy


Camp Comedy focuses on the film director and actor Kurt Gerron, who, prior to the war appeared in Bertolt Brecht’s Threepenny Opera and with Marlene Dietrich in the classic film Blue Angel and who, in the Theresienstadt concentration camp, was forced by the Nazis to create a propaganda film, The Führer Gives a City to the Jews, extolling the virtues of the model camp. The play, which is highly theatrical and employs a narrator, uses actual cabaret material written and performed in Theresienstadt. Camp Comedy poses ethical and moral questions about survival and collaboration.
Format: Cabaret; revue
Cast Size: 14M/4F


Original or Prominent Production: SUNY Geneseo New York, 2003. 2012 Legnica, Poland. Heleny Modrzejewskiej Theatre. (Komeida Obozowa): Production invited to the annual Warsaw Theatre Meeting in May 2013. Winner of Grand Prix at the "Without Borders" Theatre Festival in Cieszyn June 2013.
Original Source Material: Features original songs written and performed in Theresienstadt concentration camp cabaret.
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Original Language: English

In The Theatre of the Holocaust, v. 2, Robert Skloot, ed., University of Wisconsin Press, 1999.

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