March 30, 2017

LATheatreWorks Touring With Judgment at Nuremberg @LATheatreWorks

LA Theatre Works is currently touring with its production of Judgment at Nuremberg. Here's the April schedule.

April 13, 2017
Hall Auditorium, Miami University 
Oxford, OH

April 16, 2017
Kravis Center for the Arts 
West Palm Beach, FL

April 18, 2017
Mondavi Center 
Davis, CA

April 19, 2017
Livermore Valley Performing 
Arts Center 
Livermore, CA

April 22, 2017
Williams Center 
Easton, PA

April 23, 2017
GMU Center for the Arts 
Fairfax, VA

April 25, 2017
Keller Theater 
Lexington, VA

There's also a CD available of the LA TheatreWorks production, starring David Selby, Harry Hamlin, James Morrison, and Kate Steele, directed by Shannon Cochran, recorded live. It includes a discussion with Judge Bruce Einhorn. I have a copy, and it's a really good production, differing, obviously, from the 1961 film with Spencer Tracy and Maximilian Schell, and the 1959 Playhouse 90 tv adaptation with Schell and Claude Rains (as Judge Haywood). The film, which runs about 3 hours, has time to explore personal relationships as well as the central legal questions facing the judges. The television adaptation, like the play, is more concentrated. Each offers a particularized experience, but all present at their cores questions about individual moral responsibility and the extent to which each person can and must withstand pressures from friends, family, and society to "go along," or try to correct wrongs from inside the system. At what point is the answer to abandon what seems to be a hopelessly corrupt regime and fight to bring that regime down, even if it means destroying what one loves as well? Some of us believe we may be facing that question very soon.  

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