Holocaust-Themed A Happy End Will Premiere at Off-Broadway's Abingdon Theatre Company

News   Holocaust-Themed A Happy End Will Premiere at Off-Broadway's Abingdon Theatre Company
Abingdon Theatre Company has announced that it will continue its 22nd season with the New York premiere of A Happy End, by Iddo Netanyahu, about a Jewish family living in Berlin amid the rise of Nazi power.

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To be directed by Alex Dmitriev, performances of A Happy End will run Feb. 27-March 29 in Abingdon Theatre Arts Complex's June Havoc Theatre.

The cast features Curzon Dobell (Levittown), Lori Gardner (My Deah), Phil Gillen (Drunk Shakespeare), Carmit Levité (The Chekhov Dreams), Joel Ripka (Machinal) and Allison Siko ("Law & Order: SVU").

Set in 1932, A Happy End tells the story of a Jewish family faced with the decision of whether to leave their beloved Berlin toward an unknown future. Despite the rising danger, they struggle to believe that Hitler will change Germany's traditions of democracy, art and science.

According to press notes, playwright Netanyahu has said that the play "is not exclusively a World War II or Holocaust story. It is about how we perceive events around us, how we truly judge them and what role self-delusion might play in our most important decisions. The play is set in the shadow of the Holocaust so I could be sure the audience knows what choice the family should be making. I imagine that all playwrights, when they write about the past, are really writing about today."

The design team includes Blair Mielnik (set), Katy Atwell (lighting), Laura Crow (costumes), David Margolin Lawson (sound) and Dennis Corsi (projections). Ashley Zednick is production manager; Deidre Works is production stage manager.

Tickets are now available by calling (866) 811-4111 or by visiting abingdontheatre.org. The June Havoc Theatre is located at 312 W. 36th St.

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