Edlavitch DCJCC

Reading: Inventing the Enemy: 1938
Aaron & Cecile Goldman Theater, Washington DCJCC

Theater J and SMATCH (Scientific Methodologies Applied To Cultural Heritage) present a staged reading of:

"Inventing the Enemy: 1938" (1938 l’Invenzione del Nemico)

Originally written by Tonino Tosto
Translated and Adapted by Nello De Blasio and Edward Gero
Directed by Edward Gero
January 28 at 7:00PM

In the Aaron & Cecile Goldman Theater, Washington DCJCC
1529 16th Street NW, Washington, DC

The reading is free (reservations are recommended)
Limited lot and street parking. Additional parking at 1616 P Street ($11)
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Presented in conjunction with the Pre-Reading Presentation:
The Thread of Memory: Projects and Experiences on Holocaust Remembrance in Saluzzo
and the Provinces of Cuneo
in the Jack and Ina Kaye Community Hall at 6:00 pm

"Inventing the Enemy: 1938" (1938 l’Invenzione del Nemico)

On the occasion of Remembrance Day 2013, the play 1938 L’Invenzione del Nemico will be launched at the Embassy of Italy. The evening will include an illustrated lecture on the racial laws of 1938, which constitute the historical background on which events unfold and the lives of the characters entangle. Author Tonino Tosto will be at the presentation and excerpts from the play will be read and sung by Edward Gero and other notable Washington actors. The play will be performed in various venues in the DC area.

1938 l'Invenzione del NemicoL'INVENZIONE DEL NEMICO (abstract)
As is typically the case with Tonino Tosto’s Gruppo Teatro Essere productions, Inventing the Enemy: 1938 deals with "heavy" themes, but at the same time it portrays life as actually experienced by ordinary people, as they live through extraordinary times, buoyed by the humor and afflicted by the absurdities that daily life can bring. In this play we see the intentional vilification of, and accompanying consequences for, Italy’s Jews as the Fascist regime converts them from fellow citizens, friends and neighbors into enemies of the state.

While describing this process and its broad human cost can and does fill volumes, the play delivers its message reproducing events taken from the life of a single person -- a real person (prominent Jewish actor Arnoldo Foà) -- survivor of the period and protagonist in this "Theater of Memory."

Edward Gero is Associate Professor at George Mason University's Theater Department. He is also a fourteen-time nominee and four-time recipient of the prestigious Helen Hayes Award for his work in Shakespeare, contemporary and musical theater.

His 30 year performance career includes appearances in over 75 productions with the Shakespeare Theater Company, downtown Washington, as well as with Ford's Theater, The Studio Theater, Round House Theater, Arena Stage, Olney Theater Center, Theater J and other stages across the nation.

In 2012 he completed a critically acclaimed production of John Logan's Tony Award-winning play Red at the Goodman Theater in Chicago and Arena Stage here in Washington and was Scrooge in A Christmas Carol at Ford's Theater. In 2011 he appeared in The Chosen by Chaim Potok at Arena Stage and as Salieri in Amadeus at the Round House Theater, Bethesda. In conjunction with Nello De Blasio, he has collaborated with Tonino Tosto to translate and adapt Inventing the Enemy: 1938, which he directs, to the American stage. 

Thursday, January 24 at 7 PM
Embassy of Italy/Italian Cultural Institute
3000 Whitehaven st Street NW
Washington, DC 20008

Saturday, January 26 at 7PM
Performance, Cong Tifereth Israel - 7701 16th Street NW, Washington, DC
For info, please contact: Eitan@tifereth-israel.org or the TI office at TIAdmin@tifereth-israel.org

Wednesday, January 30 at 7PM
Performance, Nyumburu Cultural Center - University of Maryland - College Park, MD
For info, please contact: Prof. Giuseppe Falvo - gfalvo@umd.edu
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Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

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