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Mar 4, 2018 2:00 PM

MASS APPEAL, 1943

AN ORIGINAL PLAY BY MURRY SIDLIN

MASS APPEAL, 1943
AN ORIGINAL PLAY BY MURRY SIDLIN
SUNDAY, MARCH 4 AT 2:00PM

THE STUDIO THEATRE

DIRECTED BY ROBERT KALFIN

Casting by Irene Stockton, C.S.A.

Robert Kalfin is the founder of New York's Chelsea Theatre Center and has directed more than 200 productions and workshops of new plays, musicals and the classics in venues on Broadway, Off-Broadway, in major American regional theaters, in Europe, the Middle East and as far abroad as Siberia. Mr. Kalfin’s Broadway credits include Strider, Happy End (starring Meryl Streep and Christopher Lloyd) and Yentl (starring Tovah Feldshuh), among many others. He has served as Artistic Director for the Chelsea Theatre Center, the Cincinnati Playhouse-in-the-Park and the Pirate Playhouse on Sanibel Island.

About the Play

Mass Appeal, 1943 is a one-act play conceived and written by Maestro Murry Sidlin. Composed of two scenes with musical interlude, and set in the Theresienstadt Concentration Camp in Czechoslovakia, it tells the dramatic story of prisoner and conductor Rafael Schächter who argued before the Camp’s Council of Jewish Elders his justification to perform the Verdi Requiem with a prisoner choir.

The play forcefully presents the moral and ethical arguments, both pro and con, for a performance of the Requiem; and ultimately asks the question, why would Jewish prisoners in a Concentration Camp under brutal Nazi control sing a Catholic Mass? With no written record of what actually happened during the meeting in 1943, Sidlin creatively imagines these arguments and the clash of personalities as both sides battle to determine what it meant to be a Jew during the darkest days of WWII, and if great music, even Catholic music, could serve the prisoner population.

More Information here

Ticket information will be sent in early February and will also be available online at www.defiantrequiem.org . Questions? Call the Foundation office at 202-244-0220.

Venue:
5506 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 24, Washington, DC 20015
Date

Mar 4, 2018 2:00 PM

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