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The Good German

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Upon learning of the sudden closure of the Ashland Community Center, a week before were to open The Good German, Ashland Contemporary Theatre and Livia Genise reached out to Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

The Good German will perform at Carpenter Hall for the first two weekends. Saturdays and Sundays: April 6th at 8pm, April 7th at 2pm, April 13th at 8pm and April 14th at 2pm.

Carpenter Hall is located at 15 S Pioneer Street, a few yards up the sidewalk from the OSF Box Office.

All three performances for the third weekend: April 19 at 4pm, April 20 at 8pm and April 21 at 2pm will take place at Grizzly Peak Winery, 1500 E. Nevada Street.

We thank Ted DeLong and Bill Rauch of OSF for their support; “the show must go on!”

Ashland Contemporary Theatre in collaboration with Livia Genise Productions presents “The Good German“ by David Wiltse, directed by Livia Genise, April 6 – April 21.

Set in Nazi Germany, Wiltse’s play is an intense drama that explores prejudice, cultural identity, duty, patriotism, and the strategies we employ to survive. Who do we have to become to make it through perilous times and how do we justify our choices?

Beginning in the late 1930’s, esteemed chemistry professor Karl Vogel shelters German Jew Wilhelm Braun in his home for years at the request of his wife Gretel and helped by his friend, Seimi. The play asks the question: to what extent would you go to protect someone you personally dislike (and are prejudiced about) against your own government that has descended into barbaric “solutions”?

Together again for their third joint venture, Livia Genise and Jeannine Grizzard have chosen to present “the Good German” as a staged reading in order to shine a light on the play’s themes without undue emphasis on the scenery of World War Two. Returning to the stage after “Judgment at Nuremberg” in 2017, actors Ian Wessler and Heiland Hoff play Karl and Seimi, with Bob Brazeau as Braun and Kristen Caron as Gretel.

The Good German will perform at Carpenter Hall for the first two weekends. Saturdays and Sundays: April 6th at 8pm, April 7th at 2pm, April 13th at 8pm and April 14th at 2pm.

Carpenter Hall is located at 15 S Pioneer Street, a few yards up the sidewalk from the OSF Box Office.

All three performances for the third weekend: April 19 at 4pm, April 20 at 8pm and April 21 at 2pm will take place at Grizzly Peak Winery, 1500 E. Nevada Street.

Tickets for the joint production are $18; they are available at the door, at Paddington Station, Grocery Outlet and online by clicking here. Tickets purchased online have reserved seats up front.

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