The Temple, Or, Lebensraum

Author: Nat Cassidy

The Temple, Or, Lebensraum

Description: An immersive and unrelenting journey into the horrors experienced by a German U-Boat crew trapped in a sunken submarine and commandeered by a madman.
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2015
Date Added: 2/12/2015
Content Advisory: Very strong language, very graphic violence
2 Acts, 120 Minutes
1 Female, 8 Males

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Keywords: Adaptations · Allegory · Anti-War · Characters are Mostly Young Adults · Dark Comedy · Death and the Afterlife · Fight Sequences · Folklore and Legends · Ghosts · Hell · Historical · Horror · Jewish · Large Cast Size · Magic Realism · Mostly Male Characters · Mystery/Suspense/Noir · Non-traditional/Non-narrative/Experimental/Post-dramatic · Philosophy · Politics · Racial Identity/Relationships · Requires/Supports Sophisticated Multimedia/Technical Elements · Social Issues · Social Justice · Surrealism/Absurdism · Torture · True Stories · Violence · War

Original Production Information

The Temple, or, Lebensraum received its world premiere at the Brick Theatre in Brooklyn, NY, as part of the Brick Resident Artist Program in February 2015, produced by Tin Drum Productions and MozzleStead Productions with the following cast and crew:

Oberführer Karl Heinrich: Matthew Trumbull
Kommandant Tod Klenze: Arthur Aulisi
2nd Wachoffizier Sigmund Zinner: Tristan Colton
3rd Wachoffizier Erich Trauke: Zac Hoogendyk
Funkhauptgefreiter Ahrendt: Ridley Parson
Meteorologe Bohm: John D. Garnder
Bootsmann Albrecht Muller: John Blaylock
Ingenieur Tom Raab: Eric Gilde
The Stowaway: Adriana Jones

Director: Nat Cassidy
Producer: Montserrat Mendez
Stage Manager: Sarah Lahue
Set Design: Sandy Yaklin
Sound Design: Jeanne Travis
Lighting Design: Morgan Zipf-Meister
Costume Design: Ben Philipp
Gore Design: Stephanie Cox-Williams
Technical Director: Ashanti Ziths
Fight Director: John D. Gardner