Arts & Theatre

Lebensraum

Graphic for Antisemitism Series
$30    |  Sep 8, 2024  |  2:00PM - 4:00PM
Venice United Methodist Church

Play reading. Written by Israel Horovitz. Directed by Howard Teichman. Produced by Teichman and Bill Froggatt. Presented by West Coast Jewish Theatre. This bold work of penetrating intelligence is based on the fanciful, explosive idea that a German Chancellor might, as an act of redemption, invite six million Jews to Germany and promise them citizenship and jobs. A resulting scenario unfolds that explores the effects of the policy on Jews and Gentiles, with widely varying outlooks: an out-of-work Jewish dock worker from Massachusetts who brings his Irish wife and his son to Bremerhaven to start a new life; a survivor of Auschwitz who returns to find the woman who betrayed his family to the Nazis; a young German smitten by a Jewish-American teenage girl; an unemployed German laborer; and scores of others. The logical progression of this artfully-drawn script raises the terrifying possibility that history may repeat itself.