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Dispatches from Hell - Short Play, Drama

Dispatches from Hell

Melvin I. Cooperman

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Short Play, Drama

2m, 1f

ISBN: 9780573689048

Set in the central dispatching office for the German train system during World War II, this riveting short drama explores the bureaucratic mentality that made Holocausts possible. Winner of the 10th Annual Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival.

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$8.95
: Off Off Broadway Festival Plays, 10th Series

Minimum Fee: $45 per performance


Description

Short Play

Drama

Period

40 minutes

Time Period - 1940s / WWII

Settings Of Play - Winter, 1942. The offices of the Southeast Directorate of the Reichbahn.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Scene work, Competition or audition material

Bare Stage/Simple Set

Period Costumes

CAUTIONS

No Special Cautions

TARGET AUDIENCE

Appropriate for all audiences

PERFORMANCE GROUP

High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival

Winner! Samuel French Off Off Broadway Festival
Set in the central dispatching office for the German train system during World War II, this riveting short drama explores the bureaucratic mentality that made Holocausts possible. A dispatcher is frightened to death when an S.S. officer comes to see him, but the officer explains that his job is secure--if he can devise a plan to transport a large amount of "waste product" via rail to cleanse the Third Reich of "toxins". The dispatcher draws up plans to carry thousands to their deaths, intent only on the logistical problems. His secretary protests, and ultimately, betrays him. Published in Off-Off Broadway Festival Plays, 10th Series.
Dispatches From Hell was presented in the tenth Annual Off-Off Broadway Original Short Play Festiva~ sponsored by Double Image Theatre, New York City, in May, 1985.
Characters

CASTING

2m, 1f

ELSA EICHEN - Secretary to Richard Mittler. She is in her late thirties, given to mild hedonism on a small scale.

RICHARD MITTLER- Superintendent of the Southeast Directorate of the Reichsbahn (German National Railroad). A career civil servant, he is in his mid-forties, and not above opportunism. He is esentially non-politicaL regarding himself as part of the machinery.

WILHELM FRETT- An SS officer attached to the Reich Security Office ( RSHA). He is aware of his power, and makes no effort to conceal it He is, as might be expected, a Nazi idealogue.
Author

Melvin I. Cooperman

Melvin I. Cooperman was the author of six full-length plays and more than a dozen one-acts. His drama, The Military History of the Family Gross was the first winner of the Lucy Wolpaw Award competition for the best new play on the theme of the American Jewish experience in 1980-81. The prize-winning play was produced in May, 1981 at Cleveland's Blanche R Halley Theater. Mr. Cooperman is a ... view full profile

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