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“Neville and Adolf in Munich—A One-Act Musical Event”

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Weiss, Phillip W. (American playwright, 1949-____), “Neville and Adolf in Munich—A One-Act Musical Event,”

a 60-minute satire in English in three scenes, set chiefly in Adolf Hitler's office, September, 1938,

4m (+ extras); • © 1998 by Phillip W. Weiss; • in Phillip W. Weiss’ Neville and Adolf in Munich—A One-Act Musical Event (New York: The Author, 1998); • script/rights available from Phillip W. Weiss, Box 82, 149 East 23rd Street, New York, New York 10010, U.S.A., telephone (home) 212-388-8690, e-mail PWNYCNY@AOL.COM. • Cited by Phillip W. Weiss, via ftp, June 25, 2005; Weiss says,

§ Dramatis Personae Neville Chamberlain (m), 65, Prime Minister of Great Britain; Joachim Von Ribbentrop (m), 45, Foreign Minister of Germany; Adolf Hitler (m), 50, Fuhrer of Germany; Herman Goering (m), 50, Reichmarshall of Germany; Chamberlain's entourage (extras).

§ Synopsis “In September 1938, an angry and surly British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain meets Adolf Hitler in Munich, Germany, to discuss Hitler's demand for the Sudetenland. At the meeting Chamberlain refuses to accede to Hitler's demand and instead chides, mocks, and berates Hitler who soon becomes an unwilling straight man to the 'fast-talkin', high-struttin', streetwise' Chamberlain. Frequently, to emphasize a point, Chamberlain reverts to rap, revealing a startling and unexpected talent for rhythmic expression, which further enhances his already formidable presence as a most memorable, amazing, and entertaining character. After a tense and acrimonious series of exchanges, which includes a physical altercation, Chamberlain and Hitler reach an impasse, with a grim Chamberlain issuing a somber warning. Although the prospect for peace is still uncertain, Chamberlain emerges as a hero who successfully defies an evil dictator.

§ Comment “Three scenes. Simple sets. Most of the play takes place in the third scene, which is Adolf Hitler's office.

§ Themes Austria, British Empire, Czechoslovakia, Hitler (Adolf Hitler, Austrian-born German Nazi leader, 1889-1945), Chamberlain (Neville Chamberlain, British statesman, 1869-1941), Munich Conference (1938), Sudetenland, Treaty of Versailles (June 28, 1919), World War One (August 1914-November 11, 1918), World War Two (September 3, 1939-September 2, 1945).

See also Phillip W. Weiss'

  • "Moishe and Mohammed," a 60-minute political commentary in English, set in a room, anytime, 2003, 2m

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