For the ninth year in a row, the Winni Players, in conjunction with Temple Bâ€™Nai Israel in Laconia, will be presenting a special presentation of a Holocaust-themed play to commemorate Holocaust Remembrance Day, Yom Hashoah. On Saturday May 14th at 7:30pm and Sunday, May 15th at 2pm, the Players will be presenting The Grey Zone by Tim Blake Nelsen.
Based on actual events during World War II, this truly searing play tells the story of the Sonderkommando, a small group of Hungarian Jews imprisoned at Auchwitz/Birkenau. Recruited by the Nazis, this group is promised they will live longer if they assist in the extermination of other Jewish prisoners. As if their lives in the concentration camp were not already a living hell, these men find that assisting the Nazis in the extermination of other Jews has turned them into the living dead.
Like most of the past presentations for Holocaust Remembrance, the play will be performed as a staged reading meaning that the actors will have minimal blocking and will hold their scripts in hand. Though not a full-scale production, these staged readings are always moving and thought-provoking. The cast will be made up of many Winni Players regulars including: Doreen Sheppard, Jack Harding, Jim Rogato, Matt McGonagle, Bryan Halperin, Ray Dudley, John Piquado, Katie Dunn, and Bruce Dunn.
Continuing with the format of prior years, immediately following the performances a discussion between the performers and audience will take place to allow people to share ideas and feelings about what theyâ€™ve just witnessed. Past discussions have had community members sharing personal stories and tears as well as expressing thoughts on anti-Semitism and the lingering effects of the Holocaust today.
This is an event for the entire community, and the Temple and Playhouse encourage people from all walks of life and religions to take part in this event. Tickets are $7 per person and are available in advance at (603) 279-0333 or: