All Our Children
Presented by The Sheen Center for Thought & Culture
April 6 - May 12, 2019
Written by Stephen Unwin
Directed by Ethan McSweeny
“I used to be scared of them. They seemed so different. They don’t scare me anymore. They’re just children, aren’t they? Just children.”
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 memorializes the forgotten holocaust, remembering the 200,000 people who died and those who fought against this injustice.
Starring Tony Award® winner John Glover (Saint Joan, The Drowsy Chaperone, Love! Valour! Compassion! on Broadway; “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 as many as 100,000 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. All Our Children is a timely work of historical fiction, but rooted firmly in the true evils of the past.
$50 (for previews through April 13)
$65 (for performances after April 13)
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“a remarkable, deeply moving, and profoundly tragic play”
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“a brave and challenging play…powerful”
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