By Andrew Gans
25 Feb 2010
Amas Musical Theatre presents the new work in association with Snap-Two Productions, Inc. Directed by Jeremy Dobrish, the cast comprises Erika Amato, Wilson Bridges, Jason Collins, Nic Cory, Gabe Green, Patricia Noonan, Allen E. Read, Stuart Zagnit and Kurt Zischke.
Signs of Life features book by Peter Ullian, lyrics by Len Schiff and music by Joel Derfner. The musical, according to press notes, "is an exploration of life in the Jewish artists' ghetto created by the Nazis in the Czech town of Terezin during World War II. Hitler renamed it Theresienstadt and his propaganda cynically proclaimed it 'A City for the Jews.' He proceeded to populate Theresienstadt with the most prominent artists, composers, scientists, and scholars of Europe. A vibrant artistic community emerged and the ghetto was alive with concerts, plays, and lectures. The Nazis, for their own international propaganda purposes, coerced their prisoners to depict Terezin as a place where they lived free lives. But hidden from the watchful eyes of their captors, the artists created secret pictures and writings which were concealed and smuggled out to alert the world to what was really happening. They felt that, because of their covert efforts, the truth could survive."
The production also features music direction by Michael Pettry and musical staging by Christine O'Grady. The creative team includes Alexis Distler, set design; Michael Gottlieb, lighting design, Jennifer Caprio, costume design; Michael Eisenberg, sound design; and Chris Kateff, video design.
Performances will continue through March 21.