One woman's pledge to fight evil with evil during the reign of the Nazis is the subject of the new suspense thriller, The Garden of Hannah List, making its New York City debut Feb. 2-27 with the Hypothetical Theater Company. Former resident director of the Village Theatre Henry Fonte, Hannah's original helmer, directs. Set in Nuremberg's wealthy social circle, The Garden of Hannah List examines a retired history teacher and socialite who openly welcomes young Nazis into her home for referrals or donations. Her family reacts in varying degrees to her behavior from the shock of her frail youngest daughter to full approval from her scheming son-in-law out to make a profit from the soldiers. In the end of the first act, however, everything is revealed to be not as it seems and Hannah List must face the moral question: Does one have to become as evil as the evil one fights to win?
Michael McKeever's Hannah List premiered in May 1998 at Manalapan's Florida Stage, winning the Carbonell Award for Best New Work. Other plays by McKeever include the black farce Don't Tell The Tsar and That Sound You Hear.
Christine Jones stars as Hannah List. Also in the cast are Antony Hagopian, Kimberly Kay, Kendra Bahneman, David Fitgerald, Callum Keith King, Ryan Hillyard, Joe MacDougal and Patrick Buonaiuto.
Tickets are $15 and are available by calling (212) 780-0800 ext. 254. The Theater at the New 14th Street Y is located at 344 East 14th Street.
-- By Christine Ehren