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The Interpreter, Nuremberg Trial Drama, Coming to Summit's Oakes Center Theater in August

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Presented August 15-25, Thursdays through Sundays, by The Theater Project

SUMMIT, N.J. - EntSun -- The Interpreter, Joseph Vitale's play based on the true story of a Jewish man who served as the interpreter for a powerful Nazi during the Nuremberg trials, will have its first live performances August 15 – 25 at Summit's Oakes Center Theater. The play is being presented by The Theater Project, which staged it virtually in 2021 and 2022.

The Interpreter is a fictional work that probes the complex and unsettling relationship

between Reichsmarschall Hermann Göring and his interpreter, a 23-year-old German-born

Jewish U.S. Army private, who, as a teenager, fled his homeland with his family. Vitale

developed the idea for the play after reading a newspaper article about the real-life experiences of Richard Sonnenfeldt, one of the last surviving interpreters in the Nuremberg trials.

"In addition to exploring antisemitism, the play examines the larger themes of bigotry

and the dark side of the human spirit," said Vitale, whose plays have been produced at theaters in New York and across the country and who received a 2021 fellowship in playwriting from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

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"The Theater Project seeks to showcase the power of the arts as a platform for thoughtful conversations about the challenges we face as a community," said Artistic Director Mark Spina. "In light of the alarming rise of violent antisemitism in the United States, The Interpreter couldn't be more relevant and necessary."

Following select performances (dates to be posted on the company website), Dr. Rachel Slutsky of Seton Hall University, and Dr. Angela West of Drew University Caspersen School of Graduate Studies will facilitate audience discussions with Vitale, Spina, and the cast on the topics of antisemitism, bigotry, and their relation to current events.

"The Theater Project has been inviting audiences to talk about difficult topics for three

decades," Spina said.

Tickets cost $35 for adults, $28 for seniors, and $20 for students. To purchase tickets,

visit https://www.thetheaterproject.org/the-interpreter. (https://www.thetheaterproject.org/the-interpreter) For further information and group pricing, write to info@TheTheaterProject.org or call the box office at 908-809-8865.

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Oakes Center Theater is located at 120 Morris Avenue in Summit.

The Theater Project's production of The Interpreter is made possible by the company's

many donors, particularly Lynn Heyns in memory of Bohdan Lukaschewsky, Carol Simon and Gary Levin, Gil and Claire Zweig, Doug Sarini, Ann Fagan, and Stephanie Fein.

Founded in 1994 and based in Union, The Theater Project introduces New Jersey

audiences to new plays and supports rising playwrights and theater artists. It develops new audiences for theater by service to the community, providing programs for children, and using theater as a forum to address current issues.

Joel Allegretti

Source: The Theater Project
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