The Messiahs [Les Messies ou le mal de terre]


The subtitle of the play, Earth-Sickness, reflects Atlan’s pessimistic world view as shaped by the Holocaust. The theatrical piece is reminiscent of a medieval pageant in reverse since Atlan attacks the messiah myth, suggesting there are no saviors only a missing God. The play juxtaposes the technology of the late twentieth-century with objects from religious rituals.
Format: Drama
Cast Size: 14M/4F


Original or Prominent Production: Comédie Saint Etienne, Paris, 1967.
Original Source Material: Based on a real incident of the Holocaust.
Nationality of Author:
Original Language: French
English Language Translator: Marguerite Feitlowitz

In Theatre Pieces: An Anthology (Modern Literature Annual, v. 1 1984) by Liliane Atlan; translated by Marguerite Feitlowitz; Penkevill Publishing (out of print)
L’Harmattan 2002 (out of print)