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German State Theatre Timișoara

Kurt the God

by Alberto Moravia –– Directed by: Alexander Hausvater (a. G.)

The story is set a few months before the end of World War II inside a German concentration camp located in occupied Poland. The Camp commander wants to set an example pertaining to his own view of a society without ethics, in which the feeling of guilt becomes obsolete. As such, he uses the play Oedipus Rex, by Sophocles, which is orders be played out, but not merely as a performance, but as part of the convicts every day lives. Commander Kurt, the image of a murderous regime, inhuman and cynical, takes the role of the ancient gods. One Jewish prisoner, a friend of the commander when they were both young, is forced to murder his father and leave pregnant his own mother. 

Premiere: October 28, 2020, 7:30 p.m.
Duration: 01:30


Press excerpts

"The action takes place a few months before the end of World War II in a German concentration camp on the territory of Poland: the camp commander demonstrates his ideas of a society without morals, in which conscience is considered a historical obstacle and thus superfluous. He makes use of the play "Oedipus the King" by Sophocles. The tragedy of this classical author, which is based on a myth, is not only to be acted out in the concentration camp, but "lived". The camp commander Kurt, representative of a murderous regime that despises human beings, takes on the role of the gods. A Jewish prisoner, a childhood friend of the commandant, is forced to kill his own father and father a child with his mother."