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If the Whole Body Dies by Robert Skloot (Play)

Monday December 03, 2012
7:30pm - 9:00pm
William Inge Memorial Theatre, Murphy Hall
This play explores the life and career of Raphael Lemkin, whose obsession with stopping genocide (a word he coined) led to the adoption of the United Nations Treaty Against Genocide. The meaning of the Holocaust is reexamined here through a complex international framework. The play creates a tension between the Holocaust as a historical event and the subsequent political conflict over the term genocide, a conflict that underscores the persistence of prejudice and inaction even while the images of the gas chambers and their victims were still in circulation across the American media. By turns funny and sad, the one-act play at times seems to occur in Lemkins memory, as a series of flashbacks, while he encounters allies and enemies to his cause. The production of this play is part of a semester-long investigation of genocide through guest artists and lecturers, organized by the Department of Theatre. December 2 performance is a 2:30p.m. matinee
Contact: 864-3982, theatre@ku.edu
Department: University Theatre
Ticket Cost: $10-9-5 at 864-3982