Silesian Studies in English
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Keynote Lecture


doc. Mgr. Ivan Lacko, PhD.: INTO THE LIGHT OF BRIGHTER DAYS

Tony Kushner’s political theatre and Hitler, Reagan, Trump, and Slovakia

 

The lecture will trace the development of the relevance of Tony Kushner’s A Bright Room Called Day as a piece of political theatre on the backdrop of its Brechtian character and topicality. It will discuss how different productions kept updating the play’s appeal in the forty years of its existence. Following the changes in the text and staging approaches, I will show how Kushner’s politics resonated in the play’s different productions (USA, UK, France, Slovakia) and how the dramatic and engaged essence of the work responded to changing political backgrounds.