Max von Essen to Star in The Dreyfus Affair at BAM
Drama, history, and music combine in this new multimedia production by the Ensemble for the Romantic Century.
The cast will feature Tony nominee Max von Essen (An American in Paris) in the title role of Alfred Dreyfus and Mark Evans (Finian's Rainbow) as his devoted brother Mathieu Dreyfus in this fusion of drama, history, and music.
The cast will also include Mark Andrew Coffin (Commandant Hubert-Joseph Henry), Dee Pelletier (Madame Bastian), Meghan Picerno (Lucie Dreyfus), Daniel Rowan (Maximilien von Schwartzkoppen), Mark Light-Orr (Count Marie Charles Ferdinand Walsin-Esterhazy), and Richard Waddingham (Lieutenant-Colonel Mercer Paty de Clam).
Written by Eve Wolf and directed by Donald T. Sanders, this multimedia production illuminates the controversial story of the 1894 treason conviction of Captain Alfred Dreyfus that had a decades-long reverberation in the political landscape of France and the rest of the world. The Dreyfus Affair evolved around the false arrest and imprisonment of the innocent Captain Alfred Dreyfus (1859-1935), a highly decorated French Jewish officer. Traumatic soul-searching ensued and French society erupted into a fireball of anti-Semitism and political partisanship that called into question the very nature of French identity.
Based on letters, diaries, memoirs, speeches, and accounts by the historical figures involved in the Dreyfus Affair, the script includes text from Émile Zola's newspaper article "J'Accuse," a piece of journalistic writing that transformed the private plight of Alfred Dreyfus into an "affair" of national and international significance.