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Play: Passive Resistance
by Mr. Paul E. Doniger CT

Passive Resistance
by Mr. Paul E. Doniger CT
minimum cast: 14: 7m, 7f, Minor roles may be played by speakers
40 minutes, 1 act

development stage: Available for production

Plot summary

A one act play in the form of a living newspaper, "Passive Resistance" relates the story of the Swingjugend (Swing Youth) of Germany in the 1930s and early 40s, through the narrative use of historical texts (presented by the 4 Speakers) and a fictionalized tale of a typical family of the era, based on true to life events.

Stage settings

Unit set; the first production used only 4 stools for the speakers and 10 chairs for the "characters." The chairs were also rearranged to represent various locations and some props.

Special props and/or costumes

Some characters represent Nazis and would need uniforms, armbands, etc. Simple props may be used (notebook, papers, etc.); the option for more elaborate props (gramophone, shortwave radio, etc.) is possible, but it is not required.

Acting roles

  • Speakers 1 & 3M: 18-60, Narrator
    The 4 Speakers relate historical background, news reports, legal documents, letters, and other factual information that inform the story of the play.
  • Speakers 2 & 4F: 18-60, Narrator
    The 4 Speakers relate historical background, news reports, legal documents, letters, and other factual information that inform the story of the play.
  • Werner GundertM: 16-29, Middle class youth
    A German boy whose love for American swing music lands him in trouble with the Nazi authorities.
  • ErikaF: 15-17, Middle class youth
    Werner's girlfriend.
  • Hans GundertM: 14-26, Middle class youth
    Werner's brother; a Hitler Youth
  • Gertrud GundertF: 10-18, Werner's young sister
  • OtmarM: 18-25, Middle class youth
    Werner's friend
  • GudrunF: 16-25, Middle class youth
    Otmar's girlfriend
  • RolfM: 18-25, Middle class youth
    Werner's friend.
  • Frau GundertF: 40-45, Werner's mother
  • Gestapo AgentM: 35-50, A Gestapo agent
  • DorotheaF: 20-25, Female prison guard
    Sadistic and cruel.
Passive Resistance
by Mr. Paul E. Doniger CT
minimum cast: 14: 7m, 7f, Minor roles may be played by speakers
40 minutes, 1 act

development stage: Available for production
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