Rechnitz

by Elfriede Jelinek

directed by Ildiko Nemeth

Rechnitz, by Nobel Prize-winning Austrian playwright Elfriede Jelinek, is a cerebral work examining the silence around an actual event of mind-boggling evil. In the spring of 1945, with the Russian army only a few miles away, Countess Margit von Battyany hosted a party at her castle in Rechnitz, near the Hungarian border. Aristocrats mixed with SS officers in a night of crazed drinking and debauchery. At the height of the orgiastic celebrations, 15 of the more senior guests were invited to a barn on the property where almost 200 Jewish prisoners, half-starved and exhausted from forced labor, were held; there, the drunken guests opened fire. After the war, talk of the massacre was buried along with victims' bodies. Local residents refused to cooperate with an investigation; one witness was murdered and another died under suspicious circumstances. Rechnitz delves bravely into the horrifying psychology behind the massacre and its cover-up. Most disturbing in the event, Jelinek has said, was its marrying of lust with violence. Her text comprises reports from "messengers" -- aristocrats, officers, and servants -- who are witness-participants in a historical moment of mass insanity, a situation wherein the moral compass of an entire society has gone berserk.

Performances: 

 4/19/2018 at 8:00pm
 4/21/2018 at 8:00pm
 4/26/2018 at 8:00pm
 4/27/2018 at 8:00pm
 4/28/2018 at 8:00pm
 5/3/2018 at 8:00pm
 5/4/2018 at 8:00pm
 5/5/2018 at 8:00pm

Theatre/Venue New Stage Performance Space 

36 West 106th Street  New York

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Running time 1hr. 30min. 

 

Producing Organization: The New Stage Theatre Comapny  
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