Ghetto [גטו]


A glimpse into ghetto life. The play unfolds as a memory of a former artistic director of the Wilna ghetto theater and explores the life and death decisions of Mr. Gens, head of ghetto; the mixed emotions of Chaja, an actress in the troupe; and the questionable ethics of Weiskopf, a tailor. At times Ghetto is a play within a play. It contains songs that were actually sung in the ghettos.
Format: Drama with music
Cast Size: 14M/3F and musical ensemble of 7



For additional reading, see Gene A. Plunka, Holocaust Drama: The Theater of Atrocity, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009, pp. 52–57.

Original or Prominent Production: Haifa Municipal Theatre, Israel, 1984; U.K. premiere, National Theatre, London, 1989.
Nationality of Author:
Original Language: Hebrew
English Language Translator: Miriam Shlesinger and David Lan

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Published in A Terrible Truth: Anthology of Holocaust Drama, v. 1, compiled by Irene N. Watts, Playwrights Canada Press.
Also published in Plays of the Holocaust: An International Anthology by Elinor Fuchs,  editor, Theatre Communications Group, 1993