Looking for a Specter

While Looking for a Specter is clearly the work of a young author, the dark humor of the play is at times eerily mature. in the form of a puppet play filled with both familiar and unfamiliar fairy-tale figures, Hachenburg creates an allegorical world where the bones of the elderly are collected as raw material, Death is enslaved by a dictator, and questions of guilt and innocence are impossible to resolve. Today’s reader may be chilled by Hachenburg’s seeming foreknowledge of events in the death camps. Kotouč, however, does not believe that Hachenburg intended to suggest that such things could actually take place. He simply took the events he had already witnessed to their logical conclusion: the banalization of death to the point where the human body became just material for collection.
Format: Puppet play
Cast Size:Flexible
Notes:

Support materials available in Performing Captivity, Performing Escape: Cabarets and Plays from the Terezín/Theresienstadt Ghetto, ed. Lisa Peschel, Seagull Books 2014.

See also www.lookingforamonster.com and www.prirodniskola.cz

Snapshot

Original or Prominent Production:
Performed by Gary Friedman and by the Přírodná škola in Prague.
Nationality of Author: Czechoslovakian
Original Language: Czech
Publisher:

Published in Performing Captivity, Performing Escape: Cabarets and Plays from the Terezín/Theresienstadt Ghetto, ed. Lisa Peschel, Seagull Books 2014.

Production Rights Holder:

For information contact lisa_peschel@yahoo.com

Experience(s) Chronicled: The Ghettos

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