Harlequin in the Ghetto


Based on the play Comedy about a Trap performed in the Terezín ghetto during World War II. Survivors recall performances of the original play, written by Zdenek Jelinek in the commedia dell’arte style about the relationship between Harlequin and Capitano. Harlequin in the Ghetto explores the young author’s experiences and inspiration, and examines the role of comedy during the Holocaust.
Format: Full-length play


Original or Prominent Production: Louisiana State University, April 27 and 29, 2016; Fredric March Play Circle, University of Wisconsin, May 1, 2016; The Black Box, Department of Theatre, Film and Television, University of York, U.K., June 2, 2016.
Original Source Material: Based on the script Comedy about a Trap written in the Terezín/Theresienstadt Ghetto by Zdenek Jelinek. The script was believed lost until a copy that had been preserved by a Holocaust survivor was discovered by Dr. Lisa Peschel of the University of York, U.K.
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