Fact, Theatre of

▪ German dramatic movement
also called  Documentary Theatre 

      German dramatic movement that arose during the early 1960s, associated primarily with Rolf Hochhuth, Peter Weiss (Weiss, Peter), and Heinar Kipphardt. Their political plays examined recent historical events, often through official documents and court records. Their concern that the West, and especially Germany, was forgetting the political horrors of the Nazi era led them to explore themes of guilt and responsibility in recent history. Hochhuth's Der Stellvertreter (1963; The Representative, or The Deputy) gained worldwide attention by indicting Pope Pius XII for not taking a public stand against the Nazi extermination of the Jews; Weiss's Die Ermittlung (1965; The Investigation) presented extracts from official hearings on the Auschwitz concentration camp; and Kipphardt's In der Sache J. Robert Oppenheimer (1964; In the Matter of J. Robert Oppenheimer) re-created the American inquiry into Oppenheimer (Oppenheimer, J. Robert)'s loyalty because of his opposition to the development of the hydrogen bomb.

      Theatre of Fact playwrights sought to cut through official versions of recent history by using the techniques of advocacy journalism and by a reliance on edited documentary sources. Their work stimulated political drama in Europe and North America, and plays dealing with the Vietnam War and other such events appeared throughout the 1970s.

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