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All Our Children

Presented by The Sheen Center for Thought & Culture

April 6 - May 12, 2019

By Stephen Unwin
Directed by Ethan McSweeny

Jennifer Dundas
John Glover
Karl Kenzler
Tasha Lawrence
Sam Lilja

A powerfully performed compelling drama …about the care that people, and nations, owe to the weakest among them…It is, at its core, about the sanctity of life.  The New York Times

Manages to both impress, captivate, as well as entertain. This is an unflawed production in every way. Continually riveting and compelling, yet always interesting offering real human moments.  ‘All Our Children’ is the play to be on your must-see list. …John Glover gives a magnificent performance. …Martha is beautifully portrayed by the talented Jennifer Dundas. …Tasha Lawrence is nothing short of magnetic and captivating. …Ethan McSweeny achieves remarkable results directing this production in the round. It creates a marvelous juxtaposition, a sense of both intimacy and appropriate uneasiness of the subject matter.  – TheaterPizzazz

Gripping…An outstanding cast, directed with a clear and steady hand. …Tony Award winner John Glover stars as an intelligent, compassionate, and brave von Galen. His portrayal bespeaks the dignity, commitment, and integrity of the man.  …Karl Kenzler shows a developing awareness and regret in his role as the clinic’s Director…Jennifer Dundas turns in a heartwarming performance. …The production’s in-the-round design is up-close and intimate, …our eyes follow [the actors] around the room with rapt attention.  – DC Metro Theater Arts

Tony Award winner John Glover gives a compassionate performance that speaks to the hearts of those who fight the injustices of the world. …Tasha Lawrence performance that is the heart and the soul of this piece. She will break your heart. …Sam Lilja is excellent. …Jennifer Dundas is heartwarming. –  Times Square Chronicles 
Unwin’s masterful writing expertly blends exposition, documentary detail and drama. He delineates each character with tremendous skill, the honed dialogue flows smoothly …John Glover is outstanding. This passionate characterization is another high point of his distinguished career.  … Karl Kenzler is quite engaging as Franz…Jennifer Dundas is luminous…Sam Lilja’s intensity totally fulfills the  role’s intentions. … Tasha Lawrence’s appearances are high points of the play. … McSweeny’s excellent work with the cast is matched by his accomplished physical staging.  – TheaterScence
Sends an impassioned message about the responsibility we share as a society to protect the most vulnerable among us. –  The Unforgettable Line

Germany, 1941. 
Who decides if a child lives?

A terrible crime is taking place in a German clinic for disabled children. The perpetrators argue that it will help struggling parents and lift the financial burden on the mighty Third Reich. One brave voice is raised in objection. But will anyone listen?

Stephen Unwin’s riveting new 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. Tony Award® winner John Glover (Saint JoanThe Drowsy ChaperoneLove! Valour! Compassion! on Broadway;  “Smallville”) is featured in a company including Jennifer Dundas (The Little FoxesArcadia on Broadway), Karl Kenzler (Fiddler on the RoofYou Can’t Take It With You on Broadway; “Law & Order,” “House of Cards”), Tasha Lawrence (Good People and Wilder Wilder Wilder on Broadway; “The Looming Tower,” “Royal Pains”) and Sam Lilja (The Iceman Cometh on Broadway). 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 1945, 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.

All Our Children will be performed without an intermission.

Performance time is approximately 90 minutes.

$65 and $80 VIP reserved seating 

Seating for All Our Children is general admission. VIP reserved seating is the front row of all four sides of the playing area. Specific seats cannot be reserved but you are guaranteed an unobstructed seat in the front row.

*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.

Open Captioned Performances: 
Thursday May 2 at 7pm; Saturday May 4 at 8pm.
A service for patrons with slight to profound hearing loss. One LED open caption screen will be visible from reserved seats in one section of the theater, show what the actors are saying in real time. Assistive listening devices will also be available at all performances. Because of the staging of the play, seating with a view of the open caption screen is limited so please reserve in advance by opting in for these seats when you purchase your tickets online or telling the box office personnel you wish to purchase one of these seats.

Parent-Friendly Performances: 
Sunday May 5th at 3pm; Saturday, May 11 at 2pm. 
At these performances, experienced caregivers will be available to look after neurodiverse children aged 4 to 12+ so parents and caregivers can enjoy the show. Children of all abilities are welcome.

There are four schedule talkbacks after the Saturday matinees on April 13 (disability justice and culture thought leader and professor of English at Emory University Rosemarie Garland-Thomson interviews playwright Stephen Unwin); April 27 (TBA), May 4 (disability advocates Mary O’Callaghan, Ph.D. of the de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture at the University of Notre Dame and Katie Shaw), and May 11 (David Di Certo interviews Fr. Daniel Utrecht, C.O., author of the biography The Lion of Munster: The Bishop Who Roared Against The Nazis, a biography of Cardinal Clemens von Galen, who is a character in the play. There will be other talkbacks to be scheduled during the week with members of the company.

“The setting, plot and most of the characters are fictional. But the historical background is factual. “All Our Children” presents a gripping theatrical account of the Nazis’ project to liquidate the disabled—and one Catholic prelate’s struggle to thwart it.” 

Sohrab Ahmari (The Wall Street Journal, May 18, 2017)

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