Four invative plays by Polish-Jewish playwright Amelia Hertz, whose work is based on bizarre and macabre episodes from history and legend. Hertz creates a tightly controlled theatre of cruelty that confronts extreme situations and poses exit ethical and existential dilemmas. The plays included here deal with fin-de-siecle subjects rife with perverse sexuality and violence.
Born in 1878, Polish-Jewish playwright Amelia Hertz wrote in the early twentieth century innovative plays based on bizarre and macabre episodes from history and legend. She created a tightly controlled theatre of cruelty-set in decadent periods of ancient history--that confront extreme situations and pose no exit ethical and existential dilemmas. Hertz died in the notorious Pawiak Gestapo prison in Warsaw in 1942, a victim of the Nazis.