The Cannibals, a Provocative Play about the Holocaust
The last date listed for The Cannibals was Saturday, Oct 7, 2006 / 8:00pm.
California Repertory Company challenges all citizens of the Southern California area to question what is sacred and risk facing societal taboos. “We are speaking out against oppression in a powerful, personal way,” says Cal Rep resident director Anne Justine D’Zmura. “We are questioning the ways in which we, as individuals, choose to act while living in a society with such immense outside pressures and taboos.” California Repertory Company bursts into its 2006/2007 theatrical season with George Tabori’s The Cannibals, a provocative journey through the memories of holocaust survivors, directed by Anne Justine D’Zmura.
Southern California’s award-winning theatre, California Repertory, continues to redefine the boundaries of theatre with its thought provoking, often controversial work, and The Cannibals is no exception. According to the author himself, “This piece isn’t only difficult, it is impossible.” Cal Rep challenges this impossibility with The Cannibals. “Tabori’s philosophy is one that is embraced by Cal Rep,” states director D’Zmura. “We realize that this is a risky piece but we are not afraid to take that risk, we embrace it – theatre is dangerous. That is what Cal Rep tries to be.”
Working with the Anti-Defamation League, California Repertory is creating a provocative production that is will force our audiences to remember that which is too painful to forget. “Few people realize that during the Holocaust the Jews did resist. The soul of the Jewish resistance is found in their art,” states Kevin O’Grady of the Anti-Defamation League. “Jews would lose their spark if they did not keep their art.” Tabori, a Hungarian Jew and refugee from Hitler’s Berlin, depicts the conflict between physical and spiritual imperatives, daring us to face our own potential for savage behavior. “It is only by studying individual survivor testimony that we can gain insight into the horror and an understanding of the tragedy that these people endured,” states O’Grady. “Be prepared for the material to catch up with you. We still live in the shadow of the holocaust, not just its memory.”