6 May 2009
"Dreyfus Intime" by George Whyte
Letters from the Devil's Island
Staged reading of the correspondence between Alfred and Lucie Dreyfus and excerpts from Emile Zola's "J'Accuse" with musical accompaniment.
No scandal divided France at the end of the 19th century like the "Dreyfus affair." The Jewish captain Alfred Dreyfus, wrongfully accused and condemned, became the scapegoat of the antisemitic-minded opposition to the III French Republic. It was due to the determined efforts of his family towards revision and the public protests undertaken by republicans, socialists, and intellectuals that the sentence was eventually revoked. Characterized by public degradation, humiliation, and abuse, the life of Dreyfus, who was exiled to French Guiana (Devil's Island), is depicted through the correspondence with his wife Lucie.
6 May 2009, 7.30 pm
Glass Courtyard, ground level of Old Building
Adapted from a production at the Zurich Opera House, revised and staged by Mottel Schuscha.