Harlequin in the Ghetto (A Devised Theatre Piece)
Harlequin in the Ghetto is a devised theatre piece created by a group of artists selected by Dr. Alan Sikes of Louisiana State University in collaboration with Dr. Lisa Peschel of the University of York for the Performing the Jewish Archive Project produced by the Government of the United Kingdom. It was performed at Louisiana State University and the Out of the Shadows North American Festival for the PJA housed at the Univeristy of Wisconsin. The following text was from our Louisiana State University promotion:
In the World War II Jewish ghetto at Theresienstadt, a young prisoner named Zdeněk Jelínek wrote a play in the commedia dell'arte style about a question of urgent interest to them all: would Harlequin, the lovable clown, escape the clutches of the brutal Capitano? Survivors vividly recalled this play, Comedy about a Trap, for its poetry, its idealism, and for its humor. On April 26 and 27, 2016, students from LSU will present the world English-language premiere of that script, performed as part of work of devised theatre titled Harlequin in the Ghetto.
The performance will soon reach not only a local but a national audience. After their two performances at LSU, the students will travel to Madison, WI to perform the play on the opening night an international performance entitled “Out of the Shadows: Performing the Jewish Archive”.
Please join us in the Studio Theatre in the M&DA building on April 26 or 27 for 7:30 performances of Harlequin in the Ghetto. Both performances will be followed by a talk-back with Drs. Lisa Peschel and Alan Sikes, the faculty co-creators of the performance with the LSU students.