In 1940, the French government, in an effort to impress its new Nazi masters, began hunting down Jewish foreigners, while sparing its own citizens. But by 1942 and the official establishment of the Final Solution as policy, the French began deporting its Jews to Auschwitz with the 6,584 of Vichy traveling to the infamous concentration camp in August of 1942.
Arthur Miller (Death of a Salesman, The Crucible) wrote Incident at Vichy in 1964, the same year as After the Fall. The drama became a television movie in 1973 and in 2002, a radio play and recording with Los Angeles' Theatre Works. Incident at Vichy plays Feb. 27 March 3 at the Skirball Cultural Center.
In the drama, the French police arrest nine men and a boy, who, at first, can't figure out their crime. As they sit together in a basement, they divide into two sides – those who won't accept that they are being punished for merely being Jews and those who want to fight their captors for survival.
Incident at Vichy features Tim DeKay, Ben Diskin, Robert Lesser, Raphael Sbarge and Armin Shimmerman. Richard Masur directs.
Tickets are $10-$40. Skirball Cultural Center is located at 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd. For reservations, call (310) 827-0889. All TheatreWorks theatre productions are recorded for future broadcast on public radio, on XM Satellite Radio and are sold on the L.A. Theatre Works homepage at http://www.latw.org. In the past 11 years, productions have won several awards including the Corporation for Public Broadcasting's Gold and Silver Awards, three Sony Awards, the Writer's Guild of America's Best Comedy Award and the 1999 Audie Award for Best Dramatic Production from the Audio Publishers Association. Their recording of The Prisoner of Second Avenue, featuring Richard Dreyfuss and Mason, was recently nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Spoken Comedy Album.
— By Christine Ehren