KU Theatre to stage political satire written in concentration camp

This weekend, Kansas University Theater will open a "reimagined and reconstructed" version of "The Last Cyclist," an absurdist cabaret that originated in Terezin Concentration Camp near Prague during the Holocaust.

Written in 1944 by Karel Švenk during his imprisonment at the camp, "The Last Cyclist" captures the unfathomable conditions created by Nazi leadership as well as the resilience of the artists inside the camp.

Before the first performance Saturday, playwright Naomi Patz will give a talk at 6:30 p.m. that will be free and open to the public.

Patz adapted this version of "The Last Cyclist" from surviving accounts and scripts. The original version was rehearsed but never debuted at Terezin, where prisoners feared the political satire could result in fatal consequences.

Performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday at KU's Inge Theatre.

Tickets can be purchased at the KU ticket offices, online or by calling the University Theatre at 864-3982.

The cost is $15 for adults, $14 for senior citizens and KU faculty and staff, and $10 for children. KU student tickets are $10 in advance, and $15 at the door.


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