The Bureaucrat

By Phillip Pinkus

A Staged Reading

Directed by Elayne LeTraunik

October 11, 2009

Based on the men who created and administered the Auschwitz concentration camp,
the play shows the physical and moral deterioration of men who were doing what they
told themselves was a noble task.

“I have always been curious about the people directly responsible for mass murder,”
says playwright Pinkus. “What kind of people could have committed such monstrous
crimes? Unfortunately, they were just ordinary people.” He continued, “They also had
one common feature: they believed what they were doing was right. It is the self-
righteousness of their evil that sets them apart.”

Philip Pinkus took his doctorate in English and American literature at the University
of Michigan and taught at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. He is the
author of 8 plays including That Old Man, Isabella, The Alien, The Priest from
, and The People’s Choice, as well as The Bureaucrat. He is currently working
on a play about the Chinese-American experience in the late 19th century.


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