Theatre and Film, Johnny Carson School of


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"Horváth’s Glaube Liebe Hoffnung and the Theatre of Dresden," Western European Stages VII No. 1 (1995): 81-87.


Glaube Liebe Hoffnung marks the first time a Horváth play has ever been performed in Dresden, a fact remarkable in view of the city’s importance as a theatre center. In the 1920s Dresden was home to at least seven theatres, though none of them were particularly noted for premiering new plays. That Horváth has never been performed here is a reflection of the repressive cultural policy of the old German Democratic Republic; productions of Geschichten aus dem Wienerwald and of Kasimir und Karoline took place in East Germany after the “Horváth revival” in the late 1960s, but those productions did not run for long. Horváth was regarded as both decadent and inconsequential.