Playing for Time

Playing for Time

by Arthur Miller

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A searing drama of the Holocaust—and the remarkable, moving story of the Auschwitz Women’s Orchestra
Paris, 1942. Fania Fénelon, a popular Jewish nightclub singer, is arrested by the occupying Germans. Sent to Auschwitz in a packed freight-car, shorn of her hair, tattooed with an identifying number, starved, and subjected to harsh labor, she loses all traces of her former self. But her life at the camp changes dramatically when she is drafted into the Women’s Orchestra, a desperate little ensemble that marches the prisoners out to work and gives concerts for the German high brass. Led by Alma Rosé, a sternly ambitious German-Jewish conductor who knows that her job is a matter of life and death, Fania and her fellow musicians must confront the horror taking place around them while pushing themselves to create beauty in the midst of despair.
Based on Fania Fénelon’s memoir of the same name, Arthur Miller’s Playing for Time was first produced as a CBS television drama starring Vanessa Redgrave before being adapted for the stage.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101992012
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/01/2015
Series: Penguin Plays
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 96
Sales rank: 985,164
File size: 429 KB

About the Author

Arthur Miller (1915–2005) was born in New York City and studied at the University of Michigan. His remarkable creative output includes plays, fiction, memoir, and screenplays. Among other honors, he received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the John F. Kennedy Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Playing for Time 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Pragz on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Playing for Time is an incredibly powerful play depicting the lives of a group of women stuck in Auschwitz, a Nazi internment camp. They form a small orchestra in order to save their lives; as long as they play and entertain the guards, commanders, etc., they live.The play touches very deeply in your soul and lets you truly understand the hardships faced by the Jews during the Holocaust.
391 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Playing for Time is a superbly scripted adaptation of Fania Fenelon's novel about the women's orchestra at Auchwitz.
Inoku on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was in this play. Good times as Mengele!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Fania Fenelon's descriptive memory of her time spent in Auschwitz in the only Female Orchestra in any Concentration Camp led to the book she wrote entitled 'Playing for Time.' Arthur Miller has transcribed her true story into a searingly beautiful and emotional play. I was fortunate enough to participate in a production of this play as Shmuel the possibly insane electrician that stands in the play as a sort of guidance and a symbol of hope and duty to Fania. I learned by reading the book that shmuel was actually only involved with Fania at one memorable time, but this is part of the creative freedom and elegant depiction of specific moments that Arthur Miller strives for in all of his work. I know this play both as a form of literature and as performance piece. Either way it is likely to captivate and stir you. Kafka, author of the Metamorphosis and Amerika among others, believed that one shouldn't bother reading a book unless it will shake you and tease at your heart. Playing for Time does all this and so much more. A passionate retelling of one of the most horrible moments in humanity told from a unique and memorable vantage. Sure to please and affect. If you have the chance to see it performed, and hopefully performed well, I encourage you to attend, and if not, this play was meant to be read with a quiet soul and an unsequestered heart.