FRIEDL by Herb Isaacs

£5.00

This full-length play is based on historical facts. It is about the life of Friedl Dicker-Brandeis, born in Vienna, who was an artist trained in the Bauhaus in Weimar Germany.  She and her husband, Pavel Brandeis, were eventually interned by the Nazis in Terezin Concentration Camp.  She taught art to the children there.  Many of their drawings and poems were published in “I Never Saw Another Butterfly”.

The play follows her life from the early days at the Bauhaus to her ultimate death at Auschwitz.  She had a 10-year relationship with her business partner and lover, Franz Singer.  She got into trouble with the Nazis in Vienna but was set free based on Singer’s testimony.  She emigrated to Prague where she met her husband.  They had a good life together until the Nazis invaded Czechoslovakia.  The play explores her painful love affair with Singer, including two abortions.  After she married Pavel, they were going to have a baby together but she had a miscarriage.  She had a powerful love for children of all ages and dedicated her life to teaching them.  The play ends with a teenage girl singing “Grow Flowers with Your Tears” written by James Astman, based on a poem found in the camp.

Although this play necessarily deals with the time of the Nazis, it should not be considered a Holocaust play.  It is about a strong woman who will always be remembered for her talent and caring about the children.

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CHARACTERS

Friedl Dicker-Brandeis, Artist and Teacher

Pavel Brandeis, Friedl’s husband

Franz Singer, Friedl’s Business Partner and Lover

Nazi (Actor plays multiple roles for the same basic character in different times and places)

Emily, a teenage Girl, Student of Friedl, also plays Teenager at Auschwitz

Ensemble Actress 1: Liesel, Mama Brandeis, Woman and Marie Viticova at Auschwitz

Ensemble Actor 1: Walter Ulbricht, Camp Commander, News Announcer (V.O.)

Ensemble Actor 2: Gerhard, German Soldier, Guard at Terezin, Karel Mikula at Auschwitz

 

RUNNING TIME

Approximately 90 minutes – not including interval

 

MUSIC

The play ends with a teenage girl singing “Grow Flowers with Your Tears” written by James Astman, based on a poem found in the camp.

Please listen to it here, sung by the writer of the play – click here

 

PREVIEW

Preview available here

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