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"Goddam Dangerous" — On Tour

This July (2023), students and faculty of the Amerika-Institut will perform "Goddam Dangerous" — A Stage Reading of Historical Documents on the Cuban Missile Crisis in Jena and Berlin.

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After two performances in Munich, our stage reading "Goddam Dangerous" will travel to Jena and Berlin. Join us in having a look behind the curtain of these fateful days in October 1962!

Jena: Sunday, July 2, 6:30pm, Astoria Hörsaal der FSU, Unterm Markt 8, 07743 Jena
Berlin: Monday, July 3, 6.30pm, Hörsaal 1b der Freien Universität Berlin, Rostlaube, Habelschwerdter Allee 45

As usual, the writers and performers will stay for a Q&A after the show. Admission is free, updates regarding time/place of performances will be posted here.

The stage reading offers a glance behind the scenes of the fateful days in October 1962. Under the direction of Alexandra Schenke, a historian at the Amerika-Institut of LMU Munich with degrees in acting and film, students of the Amerika-Institut will simulate some of the tensest moments and exchanges of the crisis. The stage reading, conceived in collaboration with Dr. Andreas Etges, is based on excerpts from speeches and letters by John F. Kennedy, Nikita Khrushchev, and Fidel Castro, secret recordings of Kennedy’s crisis team and other primary sources. Reimagined and respoken, they will be brought to life on stage within a framework of classic theater and multimedia elements, providing a special experience of this historical event 60 years later.

“Goddam Dangerous” 60 Years Later: The Cuban Missile Crisis Revisited
An Exhibit and Theater Project at Amerikahaus München

5.2 Missile Range60 years ago, in October 1962, the Cuban Missile Crisis brought the world to the brink of a nuclear war. The declassification of many secret primary sources in the past decades makes it possible to provide a much more accurate description and a deeper context of these decisive “Thirteen Days.” President John F. Kennedy and Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev, who bear some responsibility for the dangerous crisis, tried to avoid a nuclear confrontation at all costs. They learned crucial lessons, started to build trust, and worked on détente agreements.
The Cuban Missile Crisis not only signifies the most dangerous confrontation during the Cold War, but can also help to learn about crisis management and crisis resolution that are once again of special relevance today.

The exhibition was curated by students of the Amerika-Institut of LMU under the direction of historian Dr. Andreas Etges, a leading expert on the Kennedy presidency, and Alexandra Schenke, in cooperation with Amerikahaus München and the Museum Berlin-Karlshorst.

The exhibition will be shown at Amerikahaus München from October 15 through December, 23, 2022.

Exhibition Website

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