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Author Information: Georg Kaiser



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Georg Kaiser (Germany, 1878-1945) became the leader of the Expressionist movement in theatre, dealing with reality as interpreted by the playwright's personal experience. His first notable play was the anti-war appeal The Burghers of Calais, produced in 1917 at the height of the First World War. In the same year, From Morn to Midnight pronounced the futility of modern society, as later his famous Gas Trilogy declared its self-destructive greed.

In 1938 the Nazis banned Kaiser's plays, and he went into exile in Switzerland, where he abandoned the Expressionist style, but continued to write, At his death he had written more than 60 dramas, including two plays set to music by Kurt Weill.




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