Tuesday, March 02, 2010

And Then They Came For Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank

[time to start spreading the news about what's going to be taking over my life for the next month. We have an amazing cast & production team lined up. I couldn't be more excited to begin staging rehearsals a week from tonight]

The Skokie Theatre Music Foundation
in conjunction with
Judy and Louis Schutz

a drama by James Still
directed by M. William Panek

April 3 - 8, 2010

SKOKIE, IL - The Skokie Theatre Music Foundation hosts James Still's And Then They Came For Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank for the second year in a row. M. William Panek returns to direct the drama opening April 3, 2010 for a 9-performance run. The Skokie Theatre is located in the heart of downtown Skokie at 7924 N. Lincoln Avenue at Oakton.

And Then They Came for Me is a unique theatrical experience: a multimedia play that combines videotaped interviews with Holocaust survivors Ed Silverberg and Eva Schloss with live actors recreating scenes from their lives during World War II. Part oral history, part dramatic action, part direct address, part remembrance, the ensemble-driven And Then They Came for Me breaks new ground and has been acclaimed by audiences and critics in world-wide productions.

After last year's sold out run, we've assembled a brand new production staff to help flesh out Still's vision of hope and survival. Last year's experience was eye-opening to the kind of production we could achieve at the Skokie Theatre. The cast and tiny crew pulled together to create our poignant and touching show. This year, I have Chicagoland theatre professionals assisting me, illuminating and elevating Eva and Ed's stories beyond our means last year. Not only will the performers with the interact with the footage of Eva and Ed, but this year's And Then They Came For Me production will feature live musical interludes from the actors themselves throughout the piece.

The cast includes Jeanne Arrigo (Chicago) as Ed's Mother/Mutti, Danny Farber (Deerfield) as the Hitler Youth, Sam Johnston (Deerfield) as Heinz, Emily Shankman (St. Charles) as Anne Frank, Zev Steinberg (Chicago) as Young Ed, Ron Thomas (Chicago) as Ed's Father/Pappy, and returning from last year's production, Chelly Brodsky (Skokie), this time playing Young Eva.

The production team includes M. William Panek (director), Kaitlyn Guerrieri (stage manager), Steph Charaska (sets), Dave Grier (lighting), Judy and Louis Schutz (producers), Leah Cox (dramaturg), and Nate Krempel (poster design).

Tickets are available online at skokietheatre.com or by calling 847-677-7761.

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door for the weekend performances.
Saturday, April 3 - 8:00PM
Sunday, April 4 - 2:00PM
Sunday, April 4 - 7:00PM

Tickets are $15 for Skokie residents and $20 for non-residents for the weekday matinees.
Tuesday, April 6 - 10:30AM
Tuesday, April 6 - 1:30PM
Wednesday, April 7 - 10:30AM
Wednesday, April 7 - 1:30PM
Thursday, April 8 - 10:30AM
Thursday, April 8 - 1:30PM

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