Traumarama : the process of developing Fear of a Führer, a play approaching the historical human capacity to destroy and be destroyed

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2005-05-21
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Basch, Abi
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Fear of a Führer is a play about trauma -- in subject (a girl who is the first victim of genocide in Nazi Germany puts on a show for her enemies), in dramaturgical structure (language and image repeat and transform), in process of development (as a series of traumatic accidents shaped and changed the artists involved and their work). Fear of a Führer is the embodiment of the essential interaction of process and product in generating a new work of nontraditional theater collaboratively. Its trajectory offers an insight: that when subject matter of a theater work is traumatic, its process may traumatize, and its artists must embrace and transform trauma into a generative tool

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