archiviert An Historical Drama about Hilde and Roland in Englisch

Love in the Age of Hitler: A Courtship in Letters, 1938–1940

An his­to­ri­cal dra­ma by K. Scott Baker, Andrew Stuart Ber­ger­son, and Debo­rah Parker.

The let­ters of Hil­de and Roland lend them­sel­ves to adap­t­ati­on as an his­to­ri­cal dra­ma for many rea­sons. The­re is dra­ma in their self-pre­sen­ta­ti­on as let­ter wri­ters, in the chal­len­ges they face at buil­ding their rela­ti­ons­hip, and in their strug­gles to come to terms with both the Nazi regime and its incre­a­singly geno­ci­dal war for ‘living space’. Adap­ting the­se let­ters to the thea­ter in trans­la­ti­on allows us to bring the T&S pro­ject to an Eng­lish-spea­king audi­ence for the first time.

Schau­spiel Pro­be, Kan­sas City, MO, USA, Mai 2017

In Fall 2016, the inter­na­tio­nal T&S team iden­ti­fied the most “dra­ma­tic” let­ters from the years 1938 to 1940—the peri­od of Hil­de and Roland’s courtship. In the Win­ter of 2016–17, an Ame­ri­can team trans­la­ted a selec­tion of let­ters (in who­le or in part) and draf­ted a two-act “reader’s thea­ter” style play from them. Bea­te Pet­tig­rew direc­ted the play with a cast of stu­dents from John­son Coun­ty Com­mu­ni­ty Col­le­ge in Over­land Park, KS. The play pre­mie­red on 20 May 2017 at the Dia­sto­le Scholar’s Cen­ter on UMKC cam­pus. (A second free, public per­for­mance of the play will take place June 4 at 2 PM in Grant Reci­tal Hall on UMKC Campus.)

At its pre­mier, the play was per­for­med in the con­text of a work­shop “Wri­ting Yourself into Histo­ry.” The work­shop brought scho­l­ars, stu­dents, and Kan­sas City resi­dents to the Dia­sto­le Scholar’s Cen­ter in order to view the play and respond to it.  The par­ti­ci­pants were invi­ted to watch a seri­es of short, digi­tal lec­tures that framed the play for non-spe­cia­lists. After atten­ding each act, the work­shop par­ti­ci­pants were invi­ted to dis­cuss the play in groups with dis­cus­sion lea­ders. At the end of the work­shop, indi­vi­du­al par­ti­ci­pants were inter­view­ed about their respon­ses to Hil­de & Roland’s lives; their let­ters; and the play; and they were also promp­ted to rela­te Hil­de & Roland’s histo­ry to their or their family’s expe­ri­en­ces and to explo­re the mea­nings that this past might hold for our present.

The pro­gram for the play is avail­ab­le here. A digi­tal record of this play and work­shop is avail­ab­le on T&S’s You­Tube chan­nel (play­list: Wri­ting Yourself into Histo­ry) inclu­ding the intro­duc­to­ry lec­tures and a filmed ver­si­on of the pre­mier per­for­mance. Record­ings of the indi­vi­du­al and group dis­cus­sions in respon­se are avail­ab­le from the pro­ject directors. 

The Huma­nities Con­sor­ti­um of UMKC spon­so­red this pro­gram with coope­ra­ti­on of the UMKC depart­ments of Ger­man, Histo­ry, and Theat­re; the UMKC School of Gra­dua­te Stu­dies; the High School/College Dual­Credit Part­ners­hip; John­son Coun­ty Com­mu­ni­ty Col­le­ge; the Lee’s Sum­mit School District; the Mid­west Cen­ter for Holo­caust Edu­ca­ti­on; the Shepherd’s Cen­ter KC Cen­tral; and the Mis­sou­ri Huma­nities Coun­cil with the sup­port from the Natio­nal Endow­ment for the Humanities.

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archi­viert An His­to­ri­cal Dra­ma about Hil­de and Roland in Englisch

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