Muse of Fire
Based on true events, this staged reading of an original new play lifts the curtain on a group of Jewish prisoners in the Dachau Concentration Camp fighting to retain their humanity by putting on a secret comedy play of their own. Talkback with the playwright afterwards.
In 1942, as German Jewry was forced into Dachau, a strange practice emerged in the crowded Blokhauses. Each week, the performers who found themselves prisoners there took it upon themselves at grave personal risk to perform comedy.
This is the story of one of those groups, as they struggle to perform a farce based on the first great anti-semitic tragedy of the 20th century: the infamous Dreyfus Affair, itself politically absurd, filled with equal parts comic and tragic. The Dreyfus Affair tore the western world in half, with repercussions that last to this very day.
And yet...ironically, in its very nature, this calamity adhered to the structure of a lighthearted French farce.
Muse of Fire stresses and explores this crazy theatrical coincidence, and begs the question, can comedy have meaning in the face of horror?
Who really has the last laugh?
We are grateful to TCI, a program of Jewish LearningWorks for their support of this program!
Fisher Hall, Jewish Community Center of San Francisco (View)
3200 California Street
San Francisco, CA 94118
|Minimum Age: 13|
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|