Ed Asner And Tovah Feldshuh Star In One Night Only Special Presentation
Delaware Theatre Company is proud to host a special presentation of Jeff Cohen's The Soap Myth. The staged reading, directed by Pamela Berlin, will be performed one night only on January 24 at 7PM. It stars The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Lou Grant's Ed Asner and The Walking Dead and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend's Tovah Feldshuh.
The Soap Myth, deemed "a revelation" by The New York Times tells the story of the last living witness to an atrocity of the Holocaust that has yet to be proven. More than a half century after WWII at the desperate urging of a passionate survivor, a young investigative reporter finds herself caught between numerous versions of the same story.
Played out against the backdrop of deadline reporting and journalistic integrity, The Soap Myth by Jeff Cohen questions who has the right to write history-those people who have lived it and remember, those who study and protect it, or those who would seek to distort its very existence? And finally what is all our responsibility once we know the truth?
Critics at The Philadelphia Jewish Voice raved that The Soap Myth "continues to haunt me... this is the theatre of witness at its best - provocative and morally ambiguous." This unforgettable play follows journalist Annie Blumberg as she untangles a "gut-wrenching" question. Did the Nazis make soap from the corpses of their murdered Jewish victims?
The Soap Myth is being presented just days before International Holocaust Remembrance Day on January 27. Executive Director Bud Martin says, "In today's climate, it's our responsibility to tells stories- especially ones that are hard to hear. The Soap Myth reminds audiences of the value of human life and the tragedy we are capable of causing. Delaware Theatre Company is proud to bring the Jewish voice to our stage."
Ed Asner (Milton Saltzman) is primarily known for his role as Lou Grant on both The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Lou Grant. He is also known for portraying Bart Jason in Western El Dorado, Santa Claus in Elf, and the voice of Carl Fredricksen in Up. Other credits include CSI: NY, Working Class, Michael, Tuesdays and Thursdays, The Glades, and The Good Wife. He has won seven Primetime Emmy Awards.
Tovah Feldshuh (Annie Blumberg) is best known for starring in The Walking Dead and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. She has also appeared in Holocaust, Law & Order, A Walk on the Moon, She's Funny That Way, and Kissing Jessica Stein. Other credits include The Walking Dead and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. She has been nominated for four Tony Awards and two Emmy Awards.
Jeff Cohen (Playwright) is known for original work and adaptations including The Soap Myth, Men Of Clay, The Man Who Ate Michael Rockefeller, Whoa-Jack!, The Tribeca Playhouse Stage Door Canteen, and The Seagull/The Hamptons, his highly-acclaimed American adaptation of The Seagull. Mr. Cohen was founder and artistic director of three small but significant Off-Broadway theaters - the RAPP Arts Center, the Worth Street Theater Company/Tribeca Playhouse, and Dog Run Rep. Director Pam Berlin's New York directing credits include Endpapers, Steel Magnolias, which ran for three years Off-Broadway, To Gillian On Her 37th Birthday, The Cemetery Club (Broadway), Crossing Delancey (Jewish Rep), Joined At The Head and Pretty Fire, The Family of Mann and The Red Address, Three In The Back, Two In The Head, Black Ink and Elm Circle, Snowing At Delphi and Club Soda, and Family Ties. Pamela served as the President of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers from 2000 to 2006.
Performances are held on Delaware Theatre Company's stage, located at 200 Water Street in Wilmington, DE, just feet from the beautiful Riverfront. The Soap Myth runs on January 24, 2019. Tickets are on sale for $45 and can be purchased online at DelawareTheatre.org or by calling the Box Office at (302)594-1100.