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Judgment at Nuremberg by Abby Mann

May 30-June 28, 2014
Gunston Theatre Two (directions)

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Helen Hayes Award–winner Joe Banno returns to Washington to direct this rarely produced but critically praised courtroom drama, adapted from the 1961 Academy Award–winning film and the live television drama that preceded it, covers the searing testimony and the difficult moral, ethical and legal issues presented by the less-publicized segment of the trials, which focused on the collaboration of German judges with the Nazi regime. What right do the victors in a war have to judge citizens of the losing side? What is the obligation of a judge who is asked to enforce immoral laws? How culpable were the judges who carried out genocidal orders? Were the criminals the Nazis, the judges, or the entire German people?

TACT has received a grant from the Arlington Community Foundation in support of this production.

The all-star ensemble spans the history of The American Century Theater. It includes Craig Miller (most recently seen in Bang the Drum Slowly)) in the role of Judge Haywood, played in the film by Spencer Tracy; Bruce Alan Rauscher as Colonel Parker, the prosecutor (Rauscher was also the prosecutor in The Andersonville Trial, receiving a Helen Hayes nomination for his performance); Michael Replogle (the heroic Juror 8 in TACT’s very first production, Twelve Angry Men) as defendant Justice Ernst Janning; and Steve Lebens and Mary Beth Luckenbaugh (most recently a stand-out couple in I Do! I Do! ) in the pivotal roles played in the film by Maximilian Schell and Judy Garland, both of whom earned Oscar nominations. Karin Rosnizeck performs the Marlene Dietrich role as Frau Bertholt, and WSC Avant Bard Artistic Director Emeritus Christopher Henley makes his American Century Theater debut in the disturbing role that won an Oscar nomination for Montgomery Clift. Even the smaller roles are filled by accomplished TACT veterans—including Vanessa Bradchulis (The Country Girl and the “Nightingale” of Tennessee Williams’ Eccentricities of a Nightingale) , Kim Curtis, Tom Fuller (TACT’s Resident Musical Director), Larry Kolp ,Tel Monks, Ellie Nicoll, Ron Sarro, Lyle Blake Smythers, and Jorge Silva. Paul Klingenberg debuts with the large ensemble cast.

The show is produced by Ed Moser. Lindsey E. Moore is the Stage Manager. The Set Designer is Patrick Lord. Sound Designer is Sean Allan Doyle and Lighting Design is by Marc Wright. The Master Carpenter is Michael Salmi. Costume Design is by TACT Associate Artist Rip Claassen.

Running time is approximately 2 and 3/4 hours, with one intermission.

Please note:
Some artistic effects used in the show may be disturbing, including loud noises, offensive content and imagery of violent death and starvation.

Post-show talkbacks: Join these noted legal and ethics scholars as they discuss the issues raised by Judgment at Nuremberg following the performances on June 1, 5, 8, 14 (matinee), 21 (matinee) and 22:

Sunday, June 1: Jim Almand is a retired Circuit Court Judge and former Chair of the House Courts of Justice Committee; Theo Stamos is Commonwealth’s Attorney for Arlington and the City of Falls Church, and also served on the Virginia Bar’s Standing Committee on Legal Ethics.

Thursday, June 5: Artistic Director Jack Marshall, also a nationally recognized ethicist, will lead the regular "Talkback Thursday" discussion.

Sunday, June 8: Panel discussion featuring Shana Tabak, Practitioner-in-Residence with the International Human Rights Law Clinic at American University's Washington College of Law, and The Honorable John M. Steadman of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.

Saturday, June 14 (2:30 pm performance only): Montgomery County Chief of Police and former Fairfax County Chief Tom Manger will discuss the duty of law enforcement, justice, and the dilemma of enforcing unjust laws, following orders, and other issues raised by the play.

Saturday, June 21 (2:30 pm performance only): Panel discussion with Georgetown University Law Professor, writer and legal ethics specialist David Luban and Paul Rothstein, also a Georgetown law professor, D.C. trial and appellate practitioner, and federal public defender.

Sunday, June 22: Historian Mary Ann Lizondo, a former professor of Latin American studies, will discuss how the Argentine criminal justice system is handling those who committed atrocities during the Argentine Dirty War.

Preshow discussions: Jack Marshall, who directed an earlier TACT production, The Andersonville Trial, covering the issue of war crimes and war crime trials, will also moderate three pre-show programs that will prepare audiences for the ethical problems they are about to observe on stage. The pre-shows will occur beginning at 1:30 PM, an hour prior to the matinee performances scheduled for Saturday, June 7, Sunday, June 15, and Sunday, June 22.

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Calendar of Performances for
Judgment at Nuremberg

May 2014

        8:00 PM
8:00 PM 8:00 PM

June 2014

2:30 PM
    8:00 PM
8:00 PM
8:00 PM 2:30 PM

8:00 PM
2:30 PM
      8:00 PM 8:00 PM 2:30 PM
8:00 PM
2:30 PM       8:00 PM 8:00 PM 2:30 PM
8:00 PM
2:30 PM
      8:00 PM 8:00 PM 2:30 PM
8:00 PM

PWYC indicates "pay what you can" - no advance reservations are accepted.

OPEN REHEARSAL A full-scale rehearsal with costumes, sets and lights. The director may stop and start the performance at any time. No Charge. No advance reservations accepted.

PREVIEW performances are "pay what you can" - see previous line.

TALKBACK indicates a post-show discussion following the performance.

PRE-SHOW DISCUSSION indicates a discussion beginning one hour prior to the performance.

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