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Staying Ungooselike: The Holocaust And The Theatre Of Choice

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This chapter discusses five plays that define a particular type of play, a type that focuses on the terrible dilemmas forced upon people in times of genocidal violence. The five plays are Throne of Straw, Ghetto, Camp Comedy, Who Will Carry the Word? and The Cannibals. They advance images of Jews and non-Jews struggling both to survive and to survive with dignity, until the moment when no options but one are left to them. As a group, these plays move audiences to inquire into the crucial question that the Holocaust provokes in everyone who came after it or lived outside it: what would I have done in that time, in that place? Taken together, these plays reveal the efforts of playwrights to come to terms with the ethical dilemmas that confronted the Holocaust's most desperate victims, and to suggest ways for us to think about our future.

Keywords: Camp Comedy; genocidal violence; Ghetto; Holocaust; The Cannibals; Throne of Straw



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