All Our Children
Presented by The Sheen Center for Thought & Culture
April 6 - May 12, 2019
By Stephen Unwin
Directed by Ethan McSweeny
Who decides if a child lives?
January 1941. A terrible crime is taking place in a clinic for disabled children. The perpetrators argue that it will help struggling parents and lift the financial burden on the mighty Nazi Reich. One brave voice is raised in objection. But will the anyone listen?
Stephen Unwin’s debut play is set against a forgotten chapter of the Holocaust, the murder of disabled children and young people, remembering those who died and those who fought against this injustice. This riveting drama stars Tony Award® winner John Glover (Saint Joan, The Drowsy Chaperone, Love!Valour!Compassion! on Broadway; TV’s “Smallville”). Directed by Ethan McSweeny (Gore Vidal’s The Best Man, A Time to Kill on Broadway).
The persecution, sterilization and murder of hundreds of thousands of disabled people is one of the most overlooked chapters in the whole ghastly history of Nazi Germany. Between 1939 and 1941, it is estimated that well over 200,000 people with a wide range of disabilities were dismissed as Lebensunwertes Leben (‘lives unworthy of life’) and systematically killed in six converted psychiatric hospitals across Austria and Germany. Public opposition to the program was limited. The most striking intervention came from the Bishop of Münster, Clemens von Galen, who will be played by John Glover. All Our Children is a timely work of historical fiction, but rooted firmly in the true evils of the past.
Not appropriate for children under 13.
$50 (for previews through April 13)
$65 (for performances after April 13)
*Student rush tickets will be available an hour before any performance for $20 with a valid current student ID.
For groups of 10 or more, please contact GreatWhiteWay.com at 212-757-9117.
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