In this unique anthology playwrights from Poland, Slovenia, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, and Romania examine the moral and psychological dimensions of the transformations taking place in society during the years of transition from totalitarianism to democracy. Written before the fall of the Berlin Wall, the five plays reveal the absurdities of an inflexible system based on belief in abstract ideology that sacrifices the individual to dogma. These authors bear witness to the ravages of communism and to the traumas of its disintegration and lend their voices to the frightened and manipulated whose lives were stunted by entropic regimes.
The first multi-author international anthology of Eastern European plays to deal with the fall of communism.
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Title: Playwrights Before the Fall: Eastern European Drama in Times of Revolution
Author: Daniel Gerould
Publisher: Theatre Communications Group
Date Published: April 2010
Table of Contents:
Foreword Daniel Gerould ix
Preface Dragan Klaic xi
Portrait Slawomir Mrozek Jacek Laskowski 1
Military Secret Dušan Jovanovic Ivan Talijancic 111
Chicken Head György Spiró Eugene Brogyányi 203
Sorrow, Sorrow, Fear, the Pit, and the Rope Karen Steigerwald Štepán Šimek Roger Downey 300
Horses at the Window Matei Visniec Alison Sinclair 366
Selected Bibliography 410
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