Following a run in London's West End, Stephen Unwin's All Our Children will make its American premiere at the Sheen Center for Thought & Culture this spring. Set in Germany in 1941, the new play memorializes an often overlooked aspect of the Holocaust: the deaths of thousands of children and young people with disabilities.
All Our Children, directed by Ethan McSweeny, will begin performances April 6.
Karl Kenzler (Fiddler on the Roof) will star as Victor Franz, a doctor who heads a clinic for disabled children, and John Glover will play Bishop von Galen, a real-life Catholic bishop who was outspoken in his opposition against the Nazis.
All Our Children will play a limited five-week engagement in the Sheen Center's Black Box Theater through May 12.
"All Our Children comes from a deep place. I am the father of a profoundly disabled young man, but also the son of a German-Jewish refugee and was brought up as Catholic," says playwright Unwin. "The story of the conservative Bishop's campaign against euthanasia and murder fascinated and moved me. I was shocked by the pseudo science and rationality that the Nazis offered in defense. How do we value those who are not productive? How do we support those who can't support themselves? How do we protect the most vulnerable? The challenges that the disabled face today are, thankfully, a long way from the horrors of Nazi Germany, but some of the philosophical and social questions that it raises are fiercely relevant today."
All Our Children opened at London's Jermyn Street Theatre in 2017.
The American premiere features scenic design by Lee Savage (The Dream of the Burning Boy), lighting design by Scott Bolman (Moment), costume design by Tracy Christensen (Souvenir), and sound design by Lindsay Jones (The Burnt Part Boys).