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Dreyfus in Rehearsal. Jean-Claude Grumberg

Dreyfus in Rehearsal.

Jean-Claude Grumberg

Published January 1st 1998
ISBN : 9780822203346
Paperback
52 pages
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The play is set in a Jewish ghetto in Vilna, Poland, in 1931. A group of amateur actors are rehearsing a new play, written by their ambitious young director, about Alfred Dreyfus, the French-Jewish military officer whose persecution was opposed byMoreThe play is set in a Jewish ghetto in Vilna, Poland, in 1931. A group of amateur actors are rehearsing a new play, written by their ambitious young director, about Alfred Dreyfus, the French-Jewish military officer whose persecution was opposed by the eloquent Emile Zola. The performers in this play-within-a-play are all good, kindly people, but they have difficulty in accepting the relevance of the Dreyfus Affair to their own situation and, furthermore, are preoccupied with the concerns of their personal lives which leads to a series of very funny and often ironic exchanges with their high-strung director. However their placid conviction that anti-Semitism could not exist in the Poland of their time is abruptly shattered when drunken hoodlums break into their rehearsal and attack them after which the project is abandoned and the shaken cast members flee, one to the Soviet Union, others to England and Germany, but all now deeply disturbed and apprehensive and nervously facing a future clouded by the menacing spectre of Nazi Germany.