Play profiles activist who coined 'genocide'; author to speak after April 23 show

A dramatic reading of a one-act play about the man who coined the word "genocide" and fought to have it recognized as an international crime will take place April 23 at Gettysburg College.

The play by Robert Skloot, "If the Whole Body Dies," will be performed at 7:30 p.m. in Kline Theatre located off North Washington Street. Theatre Prof. George Muschamp will direct a cast of seven actors. A discussion with the playwright, Robert Skloot, will take place after the reading. Skloot has taught and directed plays at the University of Wisconsin at Madison since 1968 and served as associate vice chancellor from 1996 to 2002.

The play is an intimate and humorous portrait of Raphael Lemkin, a professor and international jurist, as he recalls and redirects his life's mission to have genocide recognized as an international crime. Through encounters real and imagined, Lemkin meets with a range of figures such as his mother, United States Senator William Proxmire, iconic Holocaust martyr Anne Frank and a chorus of antagonistic bill collectors.

The cast includes Gettysburg College senior Beth Morgan and sophomores Shannon Buchal, Anna Maria Charalambous, Steve Hnath, Stephen Krzyzanowski, Adam Pelta-Pauls and Political Science Prof. Don Tannenbaum. Dramaturg and literary manager for the event is senior Annela Levitov.

This reading is the first annual lecture or program series sponsored by Edwin ‘51 and Cynthia ‘52 Johnson to enhance and elaborate Judaic Studies.

Posted: 4/19/2010


Posted: Mon, 19 Apr 2010




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