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“The Destruction of Wilhelm Reich”

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Langman, Peter Fabbri (American playwright, psychologist, 1960-____), “The Destruction of Wilhelm Reich,”

a 10-minute drama in English in several scenes, set outside a laboratory, Maine, U.S.A., 1956,


; • © 2005 by Peter Fabbri Langman; • in Peter Fabbri Langman’s The Destruction of Wilhelm Reich (Allentown, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.: The Author, 2003); • script/rights available from Peter Fabbri Langman, 18 South 25th Street, Allentown, Pennsylvania 18104, U.S.A., e-mail peterlangman@yahoo.com, telephone (home) 610-740-9449, (work) 610-799-7777. • Cited by Peter Fabbri Langman via ftp December 7, 2005; Langman says,

§ Dramatis Personae Wilhelm Reich (m), 59, psychoanalyst/scientist; Narrator (m), middle-aged; Man (m), middle-aged, representative from the Food and Drug Administration.

§ Synopsis “The man from the FDA, having just burned Reich's books, proceeds with an ax to smash Reich's controversial equipment. Reich lashes out with verbal fury at the man, comparing him to the persecutors of Jesus, framing the conflict as that of a nameless mob against a man of genius. The tirade expresses Reich's view of life, love, and sexuality, emphasizing joy over the fear and conformity that holds people prisoner.

§ Comment “Wilhelm Reich was a psychoanalyst who studied with Freud in Vienna, and subsequently became a scientist and a political activist. Reich claimed to have discovered a universal energy or life force and equipment that utilized this energy. The Food and Drug Administration viewed him as a quack and conducted a smear campaign against him. • One scene.”

§ Themes conformity, freedom, genius, history, joy, love, oppression, orgone, Reich (Wilhelm Reich, an Austrian-American psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, and author (March 24, 1897–November 3, 1957), sex.

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