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In this dark character study, the first sounds the listener hears are faint music, then sirens, then the echoing frightened voices of detainees in a damp Nazi holding cell in Paris, 1942. They're the voices of men in trouble who are wondering how they'll survive and who is to blame. The despairing tones of an electrician (Arye Gross), a painter (Jon Matthews), a doctor (Raphael Sbarge), and six others who are arguing about who deserves to be sent to a concentration camp aren't pretty to hear, but they're mesmerizing. L.A. Theatre Works perfectly captures the black-and-white Cold War ambiance of this 1964 one-act classic.

Summary

In Vichy, France, in 1942, nine men are detained under a shadowy pretext. As the tension builds, the men are questioned—are they the sort of people whom the new Nazi regime considers "inferior?" 

Recorded before a live audience at the Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles in February 2002. 

Directed by Richard Masur 

Producing Director: Susan Albert Loewenberg

An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring: 

Ben Diskin as A Boy 

Arye Gross as Bayard, An Electrician 

Jamie Hanes as Rom/Police Captain 

Andrew Hawkes as A Major 

Gregory Itzin as Monceau, An Actor 

Robert Lesser as Police Guard/Marchand, A Businessman/Ferrand, A Café Proprietor 

Jon Matthews as Lebeau, A Painter 

Lawrence Pressman as Von Berg, A Prince 

Raphael Sbarge as Leduc, A Doctor 

Armin Shimerman as First Detective/Professor Hoffman 

Shahar Sorek as A Waiter/Second Detective

Recording, Editing and Mixing Engineer: David Kelly

Stage Manager and Live Sound Effects: Jode Ryskiewicz
 

(P)2002 L.A. Theatre Works

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Excellent!

This book gave me a different perspective on the atrocities carried out by the Nazi's. To find yourself and family in a position like this must have been truly terrifying. I enjoyed this book as much as Arthur Millers other masterpieces, in particular Death of a Salesman. I am now a huge fan of Arthur Millers work.

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