Leaden Skies--a holocaust themed play

Organization ...And Still...
Date/Time Friday 4/24/2009
Location South Bay - San Jose
Cost $ to $
Age Range Mixed Ages
Categories Art/Culture

David Koppel, artistic director of San Jose's Arclight Repertory Theatre, is directing a staged reading of the challenging holocaust-themed theatre piece Leaden Skies, as one of Temple Emanu-El's Yom HaShoah v'HaGvurah(holocaust memorial healing day) activities. The reading, featuring professional actors, will take place at Temple Emanu-El, 1010 University Avenue, San Jose on April 24th at 7:30pm.

Leaden Skies, by actor and writer Martin A. David, uses drama, original music, and physical theatre choreography to explore its thought-provoking subject. Leaden Skies takes place in a concentration camp, but it is not a morbid tragedy. Instead, it takes on the appearance of a folk tale. The humor and the schemes, the conspiracies and the pranks are all part of the story. The story has echoes of ancient chassidic parables and yarns, as well as stylistic reflections of the theatre of Bertolt Brecht.

The staged reading will tap into some of these elements, including the commissioned score by Los Angeles-based composer Jacob Hall, the text, and indications of the choreography. The producers intend to present a full staged production of Leaden Skies in early 2010. Meanwhile, the public is invited to participate in this development phase of the work.

Potential co-producers and theatres encouraged to attend.

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