Project Shaw’s upcoming, one day only reading of Geneva is not open for review, but it should prove a curious evening. The roman à clef centers around a group of citizens who are, by a series of bureaucratic mistakes at the League of Nations, allowed to press charges against their various dictatorial leaders—the result is a trial at the Hague of Bombardone (Mussolini), Battler (Hitler), and General Flanco (that one should be obvious). Geneva is late, minor Shaw, but rarely performed and interesting in that it was written in 1938, a full year before the onset of World War II. The issues it raises about the purpose and effectiveness of international criminal justice are certainly still relevant today. Definitely worth attending.
A Jew, Hitler, Mussolini, and Franco Walk Into a Bar…
Posted on July 15, 2012
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