Playwright Bernard Weinraub and Dr. Rebecca Kook, the daughter of the play's central figure Hillel Kook, take part in the discussion moderated by Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies director Dr. Rafael Medoff following the 2 PM performance. New Group associate artistic director Ian Morgan staged The Accomplices by New York Times reporter and first-time playwright Weinraub. Previews began March 20 for the work that opened April 9 at Theatre Row's Acorn Theater for a run through May 5.
Based on actual events, The Accomplices centers on "Hillel Kook, [who] arrives in the United States at the beginning of World War II, fresh from the underground resistance to the British in Palestine," as show materials describe. "Under the alias Peter Bergson, he leads a small group of activists seeking aid for the rescue of Jews in Europe. Bergson is shocked to find his efforts blocked by both the Roosevelt administration and the Jewish establishment."
The cast of stage veterans features Catherine Curtin ( Six Degrees of Separation, Aunt Dan and Lemon), Jon Devries ( Major Barbara, Loose Ends), Robert Hogan ( A Few Good Men, What Didn't Happen), Zoe Lister-Jones ( The Little Dog Laughed, Mad Forest), David Margulies ( 45 Seconds From Broadway, Angels in America, Carnival), Andrew Polk ( Critical Darling, Flight), Daniel Sauli ( The Judas Kiss, A View from the Bridge), Mark Zeisler ( Brooklyn Boy, Big Love) and Mark Zimmerman ( The Rainmaker, Brigadoon, Moonlight and Magnolias).
Tickets for The Accomplices at The New Group @ Theatre Row (The Acorn Theater), 410 West 42nd Street (between 9th & 10th Avenue), can be purchased by calling (212) 279-4200. For more information visit thenewgroup.org.