Reimagined Production of Banned World War II Cabaret The Last Cyclist Opens May 30

News   Reimagined Production of Banned World War II Cabaret The Last Cyclist Opens May 30
 
A reimagined production of The Last Cyclist opens May 30 at the West End Theatre at the Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew.

Based on a cabaret written in 1944 by Karel Svenk in the Nazi concentration camp known as Terezin Ghetto, The Last Cyclist has been reconstructed and reimagined by Naomi Patz.

The cast includes Craig Anderson, Edmund Bagnell, Lynn Berg, V. Orion Delwaterman, Kristen Hopkins, Timor Kocak, Jenny Lee Mitchell, Eric Emil Oleson, Patrick Pizzolorusso, Alyson Leigh Rosenfeld and Czech star Zuzana Stivmova.

The original production was inspired by a dark, anti-Semitic joke alluding to cycling that circulated Europe between the First and Second World Wars. The play was banned by the ghetto’s Council of Jewish Elders after its dress rehearsal.

"The Last Cyclist is a daring, gallows-humor, absurdist allegory that expands on the 'Jews and the cyclists' theme, making cyclists the victims of the inmates of a mental asylum who escape and take over the outside world," press notes state. "They hound, oppress, exile or kill everyone who rides a bicycle and anyone who has ever had anything to do with cyclists for many generations back."

The production also features set design by Clifton Chadick, lighting by Christopher Weston, costumes by Carla Gant and music by Stephen Feigenbaum. Tickets and more information can be found by visiting thelastcyclist.com.

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