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The Bureaucrat

By Phillip Pinkus
A Staged Reading
Directed by Elayne LeTraunik
October 11, 2009

Based on the men who created and administered the Auschwitz concentration camp, the play shows the physical and moral deterioration of men who were doing what they told themselves was a noble task.

"I have always been curious about the people directly responsible for mass murder," says playwright Pinkus. "What kind of people could have committed such monstrous crimes? Unfortunately, they were just ordinary people." He continued, "They also had one common feature: they believed what they were doing was right. It is the self- righteousness of their evil that sets them apart."

Philip Pinkus took his doctorate in English and American literature at the University of Michigan and taught at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. He is the author of 8 plays including That Old Man, Isabella, The Alien, The Priest from Hell, and The People's Choice, as well as The Bureaucrat. He is currently working on a play about the Chinese-American experience in the late 19th century.

Cast

Tricia Rogers, Jack Birdwell, Chris Lysy, Jack Sharkey, Eric Frederickson, Vladislav Nikolic, and Andrea Kravitz