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Theatre Performance: Selections from The Private Lives of the Master Race (SPIN Theatre)

  • Date: Friday, April 13, 2018
  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • Location: Storre Theatre

Written by Bertolt Brecht
Directed by Anna Becker ('19)
A SPIN Theatre production

Tickets will be $3 at the door.

  • Performance Dates

  • April 13 at 7:30pm
  • April 14 at 1:30pm


Selections from Private Lives of the Master Race loosely fallows a young German man, Theo Lettner, as he navigates his private life and his growing career in the Nazi party – as the two seem irrevocably at odds with each other. Set in 1930’s Germany, this production is a poignant reminder of the dangers of polarized politics, over policing, and the suffocating nature of xenophobia in all aspects of life.

Director's Note

The Canary Effect, a 2006 Documentary directed by Robin Davey, discusses how the role of people of color and religious minorities in an intrinsically xenophobic society are much like that of a canary in a coal mine. Although one group of people is repeatedly the target of hate crimes, violence, and disproportionately high rates of incarceration, it is all members of that society that are being starved of oxygen.

It was with this idea in mind that we selected the 2018 spring play, “Selections from The Private Lives of the Master Race” by Bertolt Brecht. With the showing of this performance, SPIN hopes to foster healthy dialogue about the importance of standing up to blind hate, over-policing, the targeting of specific groups of people by governments, and a culture of xenophobia.

The play contains images of hate and fear, as well as violence and strong xenophobic themes. It is not the intent of SPIN Theatre Company to spread or promote these symbols - and we wholeheartedly denounce them - but to create a space in which our community can come together to process what the modern resurgence of these symbols and ideas mean for us today. We hope to inspire a community of love to continue to band together in the face of such violence, hate, and fear.

Questions? Contact Grace Huber, Grace Huber