Arthur Miller's Holocaust Drama, Incident at Vichy, Opens March 16 in NYC

News   Arthur Miller's Holocaust Drama, Incident at Vichy, Opens March 16 in NYC
 
Incident at Vichy, Arthur Miller's 1964 play about detainees in Nazi-controlled France, opens Off-Broadway March 16 after previews from March 8, in its first New York City production in nearly 30 years.
Incident at Vichy stars Jack Koenig and Jeffrey C. Hawkins
Incident at Vichy stars Jack Koenig and Jeffrey C. Hawkins Photo by Stephen Kunken

The Actors Company Theatre/TACT, dedicated to presenting neglected or rarely produced plays of literary merit, revives the play through April 11 at Theatre Row's Beckett Theatre.

TACT co-artistic director Scott Alan Evans directs the rarely produced work. His cast includes guest artists Mark Alhadeff, Christopher Burns, Jeffrey Hawkins, Leif Huckman, Russell Kahn, Michael Oberholtzer and Dan Stowell, plus TACT-member actors Jamie Bennett, Richard Ferrone, Todd Gearhart, Jack Koenig, Ron McClary, James Prendergast and Gregory Salata.

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Miller's "searing examination of the Holocaust" was originally produced in 1964 as a commission for the new Lincoln Center Theater Company (directed by Harold Clurman, starring Joseph Wiseman, David Wayne and Hal Holbrook). It was last seen in New York City in a 1981 production by The Jewish Repertory Theatre.

According to TACT, "A detention room in France during the German occupation is the setting for America's preeminent playwright to explore the themes of guilt and complicity with the forces of authority. In Incident at Vichy, ten men have been picked up for 'questioning.' As the men grapple with the fears, uncertainty and self-denial about the unspeakable fate that awaits them, Miller uniquely examines an historical period whose consequences continue to reverberate today." The creative team includes Scott Bradley (sets), David Toser (costumes), Mary Louise Geiger (lights), Jill BC Du Boff (sound) and Joseph Trapanesse (original music). Meredith Dixon is production stage manager.

Miller is the major American playwright whose works include Death of a Salesman, All My Sons, A View From the Bridge, The Price, The Crucible, After the Fall and more.

The Beckett Theatre is located at 410 West 42nd Street between 9th and 10th Avenues.

Incident at Vichy will play Monday and Wednesday-Friday at 7:30 PM; Saturday at 2 PM & 8 PM; Sunday at 3 PM. Tickets are $26.25-$56.25 and are available through Ticket Central at www.ticketcentral.com or from noon-8 PM daily at (212) 279-4200.

TACT is offering a number of special events and panels surrounding Incident at Vichy. For more information, visit www.tactnyc.org.

The cast of <i>Incident at Vichy</i>.
The cast of Incident at Vichy. Photo by Stephen Kunken
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