L. A. Theatre Works "Judgment at Nuremberg"
Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. Lenfest Center/Keller Theatre
Tickets are required.
"...L.A. Theatre Works has proven to be original, exciting, and...highly theatrical..." - American Theatre Magazine
"Consistently superb work." - Los Angeles Times
As the world commemorates the 75th anniversary of World War II and as politics continues to infiltrate human rights and social justice issues worldwide, L. A. Theatre Works (LATW) tours one of the great courtroom dramas of the last century: Judgment at Nuremberg. Originally a riveting teleplay, Judgment at Nuremberg became an Acadmy Award-winning film and a stage play that is both surprising and unsettling.
Ostensibly, the American-led tribunals were formed to prosecute those accused of war crimes committed during WWII against Jews, Gypsies, homosexuals, people who were mentally and physically handicapped, and those considered inferior to the Aryan Race. But the themes explored in the play cover much broader and deeper ground: how compassion can become secondary to the rule of law; how human rights are compromised during times of conflict; and how politics plays a role in dealing with genocide-issues which remain relevant today.
In this absorbing and complex drama, a cast of unforgettable characters play out their high-stakes game against the backdrop of a looming Cold War, shifting political alliances, and the shocking and vivid memories of the Holocaust and World War II.
L.A. Theatre Works has announced the excellent cast for their upcoming national tour of Judgment at Nuremberg. The production will be directed by LATW veteran Brian Kite (In the Heat of the Night, The Graduate) and includes recognizable and respected television, theater, and film actors as well as several up and coming young performers.
The key cast members are:
John Vickery as Judge Ernst Janning (the primary defendant). John Vickery is a veteran of numerous Broadway productions and is a regular presence on television. He originated the role of Scar in The Lion King on Broadway and had roles in the runs of The Real Thing and The Sisters Rosensweig. He’s been a regular and a guest on dozens of television shows including Babylon 5, The Medium, NCIS, NYPD Blue, Frasier, and Modern Family.
Josh Clark plays the chief prosecutor Colonel Parker. He’s a well-recognized television actor with recent roles on True Detective, Mad Men, Murder in the First, and Grey’s Anatomy. The defense attorney Oscar Rolfe will be played by the young actor Matthew Floyd Miller and Judge Haywood will be played by Kip Gilman who has four decades of television and film credits including; Trapper John MD, The Rockford Files, Columbo, Laverne & Shirley, and CSI:Miami.
Also in the cast are Ron Bottitta whose credits include Lost and Alias on television and the films Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End and Transformers: Dark of the Moon and Shannon Holt who has been seen on stage with The Actor’s Gang, Indiana Rep., and at the Humana Festival with the Actor’s Theater of Louisville as well as in the films Bob Roberts and Jelly and the television shows Seinfeld, That 70’s Show, and ER.
Also featured in the cast are Dylan Jones and Jeff Gardner.
Under the leadership of Producing Director, Susan Albert Loewenberg, LATW has been the foremost radio theater company in the United States for four decades. LATW has single-handedly brought the finest recorded dramatic literature into the homes of millions. LATW's performance is immediate, spontaneous, and features a first-rate cast, live sound effects, and a connection to the audience rarely felt in a traditional theater setting. This theater...is an event.
LATW is America's premiere radio theater company, bringing great theater to audiences nationwide and beyond through live performances series in Los Angeles and national tours, national weekly Public Radio series, Audio Theatre Collection available in libraries and to the public, and national educational outreach programs.
Sponsored in part by the Class of '64 Performing Arts Fund.