Adaptations (Literature), Period, Docudrama/Historic
60 minutes (1 hour)
Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day, 1940s / WWII
Settings Of Play - The action takes place today and in the Spring of 1942, in Lidice (Lid-i-che), Czechoslovakia.
FEATURES / CONTAINS
Bare Stage/Simple Set
Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
No Special Cautions
High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Reader's Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
This powerful and deeply moving dramatic poem is as contemporary today as it was in 1942 when Edna St. Vincent Millay was commissioned by the Writers’ War Board to write a poem immortalizing the village of Lidice, Czechoslovakia. This verse-narrative, arranged as a Reader’s Theatre Script, very eloquently voices the protest and horror of all peoples of the world at the wanton destruction of the small village during World War II by the Nazis who claimed that the citizens of Lidice were harboring the assassin of Reinhard Heydrich, a Nazi henchman. Opening on the peacefulness of the village and daily activities of a peasant family, the action soon draws us into its suspense and mounting tension as Nazi soldiers enter Lidice, destroy every structure, kill every man, drive the women into “concentration camps,” and herd the children into “educational institutions.” Written in a white heat of outrage and fury after news of the cold-blooded mass murder, Miss Millay’s poem
has become one of the great literary classics opposing all war atrocities.
This adaptation of The Murder of Lidice was first presented at Palm Beach Junior College, Lake Worth, Florida, on April 2, 1970 under the direction of Lois O. Meyer.