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Hannah and Martin

This play about German-Jewish political theorist Hannah Arendt and philosopher Martin Heidegger is a thought-provoking combination of philosophy, politics, and personal ethics. Heidegger, who joined the Nazi party, was Arendt’s mentor and lover. Playing in spring 2019 at the Shattered Globe Theatre, Chicago, IL. In Germany in the 1920s, Heidegger and Arendt have a tumultuous love affair while he is a professor and she is his admiring student. But as the National Socialists come to power, Heidegger uses his fame and brilliance to help further the goals of the party. After the devastation of World War II, Arendt, who has fled to America and become a respected public figure in her own right, returns to Germany and visits Heidegger at the home he shares with his wife. There she struggles to come to terms with his involvement with the Nazis and to understand what he still means to her.