What happens when contemporary people from diverse backgrounds experience the firsthand accounts of ten survivors who were labeled "undesirable" and thrust into Hitler's systematic genocide.
Playwright Wendy Kout disturbingly links then and now so we may understand what breaks us apart and embrace what bonds us together. NEVER IS NOW is just the beginning of the conversation.
Never is Now written by Wendy Kout
Directed by Lori Mulstein
Produced by A. J. Campbell, Quarantine Players (quarantineplayers.org)
What happens when we get complacent? What happens when we see injustice and do nothing about it? What happens when we allow our neighbors to be targeted for just being themselves? The stories of the brave women and men who survived are interwoven with those of the contemporary actors within this play. When I was asked to direct this play, I thought bringing this to life over digital media was going to be a daunting task, especially since the play had already taken on life on the stage. This trepidation was short-lived. The cast brought their talent and commitment to this piece over a compressed rehearsal schedule. The playwright brought her sensitivity and unyielding dedication to keep us on track with the stories and testimonies of the survivors. And Quarantine Players made the technical magic happen. This reminds me that like theatre, life and community is more than one person. We must all care for each other. We must learn from history, so it doesnt repeat itself. We must remember that never is now!
MAN #1 JASON, KURT, HENRY Robert Beard
MAN #2 RAY, ARTHUR, ERICH Trevor Butler IG: instagram.com/trevorwbutler
MAN #3 ALEX, CARL Michael Kaczkowski
WOMAN #1 BETH, HELEN Lynn Neal
WOMAN #2 RILEY, ROSEMARIE, EVA Eliza Blair IMDb: imdb.me/elizablair. Website: eliza-blair.com.
WOMAN #3 AMY, ELLEN, EVIE Sarah Tubert
Never is Now is dedicated to the ten survivors who entrusted us with their stories: Eva Vezer Abram, Ellen Arndt, Erich Arndt, Arthur Hertz, Evie Schuerman Jacobson, Helen Prysuskier Levinson, Rosemarie Marianthal Molser, Henry Silverstern, Carl Voldman, Kurt Weinbach...and the victims and survivors of all atrocities.
Adapted from Survivors by Wendy Kout commissioned, developed and produced by the CenterStage Theatre at the Louis S. Wolk Jewish Community Center of Greater Rochester, Ralph Meranto, Artistic Director.
Never Is Now was developed and had its World Premiere on September 21, 2019 at Skylight Theatre Company, Los Angeles, CA. Gary Grossman, Artistic Director.
Ages: General audience
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