About The Playwright
Kate has received a Jeff Citation, an After Dark Award, the Kennedy Center's Roger
L. Stevens Award and a finalist position for the international Susan Smith
Blackburn Prize for HANNAH AND MARTIN, which is her first play. She lives in
Brooklyn, New York, where she is at work on a new play as well as on a screenplay
for Killer Films.
Hannah Arendt, was born in Hanover, Germany, in 1906, the only child of secular Jewish parents. While Arendt
remained close to her mother throughout her life, her father passed away when she was only seven years of age.
She entered Marburg University in 1924, where she studied philosophy with burgeoning philosopher, Martin
Her romantic relationship with Heidegger began in 1925 during which time he was creating his
Being and Time.
The relationship between Heidegger and Arendt ended the following year, and
Arendt moved to Heidelberg to study with Karl Jaspers, the existentialist philosopher and friend of Heidegger.
Under Jasper's guidance, she wrote her dissertation on the concept of love in St. Augustine's thought.
the years, Arendt remained close to Jaspers, although the influence of Heidegger's phenomenology was to prove
the greater in its lasting influence upon her work.
In 1929, Arendt met Gunther Stern, a young Jewish philosopher, with whom she became romantically involved,
and subsequently married.
After her dissertation was published, she delved into Jewish and Zionist politics, which
had become a focus for her in 1926. As Hitler was appointed Chancellor in 1933, she escaped to Paris fearing
In 1936, she met Heinrich Blücher, a German political refugee; she divorced an already es-
tranged Stern in '39, and married Blücher in 1940.
After the outbreak of war, and following arrest and detention in a camp as an 'enemy alien', Arendt and Blücher
fled to the USA in 1941.
In 1944, she began work on what would become her first major political book,
Origins of Totalitarianism.
The Origins of Totalitarianism
was published in 1951, she began the first in a
sequence of visiting fellowships and professorial positions at American universities and ultimately attained
To continue her exploration of totalitarianism, Arendt turned her attention to the composition of humanity,
The Human Condition
Also in 1958, Arendt published
Rahel Varnhagen: The Life of a Jewess
which was the philosophical biography of a Jewish merchant-turned salon hostess of the late 1700s. In 1959, she
published 'Reflections on Little Rock', her controversial consideration of the emergent Black civil rights move-
ment, stating and later refuting that the destruction of segregation should not begin with children. In 1961, she
Between Past and Future
, and traveled to Jerusalem to cover the trial of Nazi Adolf Eichmann for the
. In 1963 she published her polemical reflections on the Eichmann trial, first in the