Alma (play)

Alma (play)

Alma is a play (Polydrama) by Israeli writer Joshua Sobol based on the life of Alma Mahler-Werfel. It opened 1996 in Vienna.

The scenes of Alma’s life were performed simultaneously on all floors and in all rooms of a former Jugendstil sanatorium by architect Josef Hoffmann near Vienna. The guests were invited to abandon the immobilized position of a spectator in a conventional drama, replace it with the mobile activity of a traveller, and watch a "theatrical journey". They had to choose the events, the path, and the person to follow after each event, thus constructing her or his personal version of the "Polydrama".

The play has been directed by Austrian director Paulus Manker, and toured to Venice, Lisbon, Los Angeles, Berlin and Semmering. The production was also made into a three parts film.

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