New York City
La Luna Theatre Collective presents Tony Kushner’s A Bright Room Called Day. The play is set in Berlin during the rise of Hitler’s fascist party in the final months of the Weimar Republic. A group of friends, artists and political activists find their moral and intellectual courage tested, ultimately forcing compromise, flight, or bitter resignation. Their responsibilities to themselves, to each other, and their commitment to changing their world is challenged and strained, revealing both bravery and painful weaknesses.
Countering the scenes in 1932-33 Germany (and pointedly evoking the Reagan/Bush administration) are contemporary scenes with Zillah, a young self-styled radical who has come to Berlin in 1990 to escape what she believes is the birth of evil in her own country’s administration. The slowly developing fear of the group in the 1930’s scenes acts as an historical counterpoint to Zillah’s passionate polemics, and provides a glimpse of the internal struggles of those who stood and watched or fled as darkness overtook their society. A cautionary, insightful play, Kushner uses humor, poetry and an appearance by the devil himself to make a case for the absolute necessity of committed political involvement.
There is an additional performance Monday, October 27 at 8:00pm.