Wiesenthal, Award-Winning Play By and Starring Tom Dugan, Begins Off-Broadway Run Tonight

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Tony Award winner Daryl Roth and Karyl Lynn Burns present the New York premiere of Wiesenthal, the award-winning play written by and starring Tom Dugan, beginning Oct. 24 at the Acorn Theatre at Theatre Row.

Tom Dugan
Tom Dugan

Directed by Jenny Sullivan, the 14-week engagement will continue through Feb. 1, 2015. Opening night is Nov. 5.

"I am thrilled to make my New York debut with Wiesenthal," said Dugan in a previous statement. "My father was a WWII veteran who received The Bronze Battle Star and The Purple Heart. He liberated the Buchenwald Concentration Camp in 1945. Although I was raised Irish Catholic, I later married a Jewish woman, and now we are raising our two boys in the Jewish faith, so Simon Wiesenthal's message of tolerance has a deep resonance for me considering my father's place in Jewish history and my future in the Jewish community. Intelligent, funny, flawed and noble, Wiesenthal was a true and universal 20th Century hero as he not only fought for the rights of Jewish Holocaust victims, but Soviet, Polish, Gypsy, Jehovah's Witness and homosexual victims as well."

"Filled with hope, humanity and humor, Wiesenthal is the inspiring true story of Simon Wiesenthal," according to press notes. "Sometimes referred to as 'the Jewish James Bond,' Wiesenthal escaped death at the hands of Hitler's S.S., lost 89 family members, and devoted more than six decades to bringing Nazi war criminals to justice. Part memoir and part spy thriller, Dugan's play introduces us to Wiesenthal on the day before his retirement as he welcomes his final group of Americans to his office in The Jewish Documentation Center in Vienna."

The creative team comprises scenic designer Beowulf Boritt, costume designer Alex Jaeger, lighting designer Joel E. Silver and sound designer Shane Rettig.

Show times are Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7 PM, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM with matinees Saturdays at 2 PM and Sundays at 3 PM. The Acorn Theatre at Theatre Row is located at 410 W. 42nd Street. Tickets are $69 and are available at Telecharge.com, (212) 239-6200. Visit WiesenthalThePlay.com for additional information.

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