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Performances: January, 2014

 

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The Cabrini Repertory Theatre presents:
When Yellow Were
the Stars on Earth

YellowStars.org

 

A new WWII drama about the Holocaust by Franco Moschetti. The cast of 10 includes, Michele Farbman, Gudrun Buhler, Curtis Nielsen, Kazy Tauginas, Matt McAllister, Marcello Padilla, John larking, Brenton Duplessie, Wanda O‘Connell, Rhea Ross and Patrick Backalli as a Light and Sound Designer. When Yellow Were the Stars on Earth will play at the Cabrini Repertory Theatre
701 FT Washington Ave
New York, NY, 10040 for 13 performances.
January: 4-10-11-17-18-24-25 @ 8:30pm
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January: 5-12-19-26 @ 3pm
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Closing Night February 1 @ 8:30

To order tickets you can go to 

 

 

One night in Berlin, 1943, during an SS raid, a German Cabaret singer opens her door to save a Jewish Resistance fighter. As the hours unfold, destiny winds their lives more tightly together until there is no turning back. When Yellow Were the Stars on Earth tells a story of two rarely written about realities: Jewish female fighters and Germans who died refusing to be part of Nazi machinery. Amidst the atrocities of WWII, these women transcend enemy lines and, in their final moments, make an ultimate sacrifice for love.

 

The tragedy of the Holocaust is written in indelible ink on our past. It has left a deep scar on our history and is profoundly connected to another subject that has little been dealt with; the considerable number of people who died opposing the horrors of the Nazi machine. Most of them are not remembered as heroes and their stories were never known; they‘ve just been forgotten, swallowed by time. When Yellow Were the Stars on Earth was written out of a personal wish to create an imaginary place in time and space where, for once, a German Jew (Miriam) and a German (Klara) could meet, look at each other beyond the tragedies that linked them during WWII, and express the primal love that is common to all souls.

 

Press Release – Cabrini Repertory Theatre

THE CABRINI REPERTORY THEATRE

 

PRESENTS

 

WHEN YELLOW WERE THE STARS ON EARTH

 

VISIT: CABRINI REPORTORY THEATER FIND US: DIRECTIONS
A WWII Drama About The Holocaust by Franco Moschetti
January 2014 – 12 Performances

Friday 17 @8:30Saturday 11 @9Sunday 12 @3Friday 24 @8:30Saturday 18 @9Sunday 19 @3Friday 31 @8:30Saturday 25 @9Sunday 26 @3Closing night Saturday February 1 @8:30

Friday 10 @8:30 Saturday 4 @9 Sunday 5 @3

Cabrini Repertory Theatre
701 FT Washington Ave
New York, NY, 10040

Directions

 

For TicketsBrownpapertickets

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One night in Berlin, 1943, during an SS raid, a German Cabaret singer opens her door to save a Jewish Resistance fighter. As the hours unfold, destiny winds their lives more tightly together until there is no turning back. When Yellow Were the Stars on Earth tells a story of two rarely written about realities: Jewish female fighters and Germans who died refusing to be part of Nazi machinery. Amidst the atrocities of WWII, these women transcend enemy lines and, in their final moments, make an ultimate sacrifice for love.

 

The tragedy of the Holocaust is written in indelible ink on our past. It has left a deep scar on our history and is profoundly connected to another subject that has little been dealt with; the considerable number of people who died opposing the horrors of the Nazi machine. Most of them are not remembered as heroes and their stories were never known; they‘ve just been forgotten, swallowed by time. When Yellow Were the Stars on Earth was written out of a personal wish to create an imaginary place in time and space where, for once, a German Jew (Miriam) and a German (Klara) could meet, look at each other beyond the tragedies that linked them during WWII, and express the primal love that is common to all souls.
The Cast
Director – Franco MoschettiMichele Farbman – MiriamGudrun Buhler – KlaraCurtis Nielson – GunterJohn Larkin – Joseph

Matt McAllister – Herman

Marcello Padilla – HansKazy Tauginas – FritzBrenton Duplessie – WolfgangWanda O’Connell – EvaRhea Ross – Ann

The Crew

Tech Director and light designerPatrick Bakalli

 

Franco Moschetti is a playwright and director of theater and film. He is the founder and Artistic Director of The Cabrini Repertory Theater, and creator of the Thespis and Venus/Adonis Theater Festival/Competitions. His recent work includes writing and directing War Is Over, a short film denouncing war, that was screened in Rome, Milan, Ghent, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Ottawa, New York, San Diego and Las Vegas. He also wrote and directed It Was A Girl, a short film that raised awareness about the controversial tragedy of abortion. It was screened at New York Film Academy in New York. In 2012, he directed co-wrote with Michele Farbman That is How I Left (thatishowileft.com), a powerful biographical play staged at the Living Theater to critical acclaim. Franco is currently writing a film adaptation of the play.

 

 

Letter from the Writer/Director Franco Moschetti…

 

It is with great pleasure that I invite you to get to know a play I‘ve written.
When Yellow Were the Stars on Earth

 

The play takes place in Berlin in 1943 and explores two areas of WWII phenomena that are rarely spoken of. To my knowledge, a play that deals with female Jewish Resistance fighters and Germans who oppose the Nazi Regime enough to die for their beliefs has never been written. The story centers on two such characters, both women.

 

The Jewish Resistance fighter is a German that risks her life every day to defeat the Nazi machinery responsible for killing so many members of her race, including her husband and the second German woman is a Cabaret singer who, while trapped in a relationship with a brutal SS Captain, sheds secret tears of pain knowing that her fellow countrymen are murdering millions in Forests shootings in Germany occupied countries, most of them Jews. It would have been a rare moment in time for these two women to meet.

 

I have been immersed in studying Holocaust phenomena for many years and continue to be deeply pained by the killing of 12 millions people of which 6 million Jews. I have collected a large number of documentaries from around the world and many books that report in detail on the long journey of despair that Jewish European citizens endured. It‘s no coincidence that my closest friends are Jewish. Although I am Italian and was raised Catholic, my empathy runs so deep that I feel I am a member of the Jewish race. I‘ve also thoroughly studied the history of Germany from the beginning of the 20th Century until the 1960s. I and many others have always been startled by how German citizens were completely seduced by Hitler and forced into events created by the Führer and his fellow aids. The question of questions asked so many times before is how could a group of people like the Germans, so refined and evolved, masters in so many fields of art and, above all, lovers of the intimate essence of nature, be drawn into the dark events of WWII?

 

What many don‘t know is that a considerable number of Germans died opposing the horrors of the Nazi machine. They are not remembered as heroes.

 

My play was written out of a personal wish to create an imaginary place in time when, for once, a German (Klara) and a German Jew (Miriam) could meet, look at each other beyond their ethnic imprint and the tragedy that linked them during WWII, and find the primal love that is common to all souls.

 

Klara dies under interrogation in an SS station for hiding and not revealing the whereabouts of Miriam, the resistance fighter she sheltered in her apartment for just a few hours. Miriam, in turn, dies while attempting to liberate Klara from the grip of the SS that tortured and killed her. By the end of the play, it is apparent that the good and heroic nature of the German tradition is at its best in Klara and Miriam who would rather lose her life than be party to the Nazi regime, and the transcendent heroism is equally alive in both, whom are ready to love one of their “enemies” and die knowing that to attempt to save them is equal to a suicide verdict.

 

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Franco Moschetti on Better World Radio on August 15, 2011

 

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A Better World Radio interview is with Italian-born writer, director & playwright Franco Moschetti about his latest theater piece off- Broadway, When Yellow Were the Stars on Earth, a WWII drama in which two heroic women, a female Jewish Resistance fighter and a German cabaret singer, transcend their positions as enemies by sacrificing their lives for one another. The play will be presented at the Cabrini Repertory Theater 13 performances in January 2014.

Franco Moschetti is a playwright and director of theater and film. He is the founder and Artistic Director of The Cabrini Repertory Theater, and creator of the Thespis and Venus/Adonis Theater Festival/Competitions. His recent work includes writing and directing War Is Over, a short film denouncing war, that was screened in Rome, Milan, Ghent, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Ottawa, New York, San Diego and Las Vegas.He also wrote and directed It Was A Girl, a short film that raised awareness about the controversial tragedy of abortion. It was screened at New York Film Academy in New York. In 2012, he directed and co-wrote with Michele Farbman That is How I Left (thatishowileft.com), a powerful biographical play staged at the Living Theater to critical acclaim. Franco is currently writing a film adaptation of When Yellow Were the Stars on Earth.

 

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Interview with Mitchell Jay Rabin on A Better World Radio
http://www.abetterworld.net/filmmakers-william-arntz-e-raymond-brown-and-playwright-franco-moschetti/  Franco Moschetti on Better World Radio on August 15, 2011 

Play audio archive

How the Play has been Received

 

franco moschetti photo 300x2252 150x150 How the Play has been ReceivedI once read that it will take no less than 300 years to heal from the event of the Holocaust. That is about 12 generations. It’s been only 68 years.I wrote this play with the intent of sharing the tragedy of the Holocaust from a new angle—that of unsung heroes who achieved transcendence by fighting for the lives of others during that dark time. My original intent has been suddenly augmented and transformed by our incredibly successful first run.

Our audiences’ reactions were outstanding. We sold out every performance in our run in 2011 and what happened each night when the play was over was beyond my most optimistic expectations.

Many of our audience members were moved to tears and taken so deeply into the story that they had difficulty leaving their seats. Many shared with me that they felt the play had the power to heal old wounds.

I never planned for this to be the result of watching When Yellow Were the Stars on Earth, but so many urged us to please continue to share this play.

So I will!

The play has become a mission with 13 more performances in January 2014.

 Sincerely

 

 Franco Moschetti


whenyellowwerethestars@@gmail.com

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Press Release – Cabrini Repertory Theatre

 


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THE CABRINI REPERTORY THEATRE

PRESENTS

WHEN YELLOW WERE THE STARS ON EARTH

VISIT:  CABRINI REPORTORY THEA FIND US:  DIRECTIONS
A WWII Drama About The Holocaust by Franco Moschetti

January 2014- 12 Performances

 

Friday 10@8:30 – Saturday 4@9 – Sunday 5@3 –

Friday 17@8:30 – Saturday 11@9 – Sunday 12@3

Friday 24@8:30 – Saturday 18@9 – Sunday 19@3

Friday 31@8:30 – Saturday 25@9 – Sunday 26@3

Closing night Saturday February 1@8:30

 

 

Cabrini Repertory Theatre

701 FT Washington Ave (link)
New York, NY, 10040

Directions

For Tickets

 

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One night in Berlin, 1943, during an SS raid, a German Cabaret singer opens her door to save a Jewish Resistance fighter. As the hours unfold, destiny winds their lives more tightly together until there is no turning back. When Yellow Were the Stars on Earth tells a story of two rarely written about realities: Jewish female fighters and Germans who died refusing to be part of Nazi machinery. Amidst the atrocities of WWII, these women transcend enemy lines and, in their final moments, make an ultimate sacrifice for love.

The tragedy of the Holocaust is written in indelible ink on our past. It has left a deep scar on our history and is profoundly connected to another subject that has little been dealt with; the considerable number of people who died opposing the horrors of the Nazi machine. Most of them are not remembered as heroes and their stories were never known; they’ve just been forgotten, swallowed by time. When Yellow Were the Stars on Earth was written out of a personal wish to create an imaginary place in time and space where, for once, a German Jew (Miriam) and a German (Klara) could meet, look at each other beyond the tragedies that linked them during WWII, and express the primal love that is common to all souls.

 

The Cast

Director – Franco Moschetti

Michele Farbman
- Miriam

Gudrun Buhler
- Klara

Curtis Nielson – Gunter

John Larkin – Joseph

Matt McAllister
- Herman

Marcello Padilla – Hans

Kazy Tauginas
- Fritz

Brenton Duplessie – Wolfgang

Wanda O’Connell – Eva

Rhea Ross – Ann

The Crew

Tech Director and light designerPatrick Bakalli

Franco Moschetti Writer/Director

Franco Moschetti is a playwright and director of theater and film. He is the founder and Artistic Director of The Cabrini Repertory Theater, and creator of the Thespis and Venus/Adonis Theater Festival/Competitions. His recent work includes writing and directing War Is Over, a short film denouncing war, that was screened in Rome, Milan, Ghent, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Ottawa, New York, San Diego and Las Vegas.

He also wrote and directed It Was A Girl, a short film that raised awareness about the controversial tragedy of abortion. It was screened at New York Film Academy in New York. In 2012, he directed and co-wrote with Michele Farbman That is How I Left (thatishowileft.com), a powerful biographical play staged at the Living Theater to critical acclaim. Franco is currently writing a film adaptation of When Yellow Were the Stars on Earth.

 

Letter from the Writer/Director Franco Moschetti

It is with great pleasure that I invite you  to become familiar with a play I’ve written.

When Yellow Were the Stars on Earth

The play takes place in Berlin in 1943 and explores two areas of WWII phenomena that are rarely spoken of. To my knowledge, a play that deals with female Jewish Resistance fighters and Germans who oppose the Nazi Regime enough to die for their beliefs has never been written. The story centers on two such characters, both women.

The Jewish Resistance fighter is a German that risks her life every day to defeat the Nazi machinery responsible for killing so many members of her race, including her husband and the second German woman is a Cabaret singer who, while trapped in a relationship with a brutal SS Captain, sheds secret tears of pain knowing that her fellow countrymen are murdering millions in Forests shootings in Germany occupied countries, most of them Jews.  It would have been a rare moment in time for these two women to meet.

I have been immersed in studying Holocaust phenomena for many years and continue to be deeply pained by the killing of 12 millions people of which 6 million Jews. I have collected a large number of documentaries from around the world and many books that report in detail on the long journey of despair that Jewish European citizens endured. It’s no coincidence that my closest friends are Jewish. Although I am Italian and was raised Catholic, my empathy runs so deep that I feel I am a member of the Jewish race. I’ve also thoroughly studied the history of Germany from the beginning of the 20th Century until the 1960s. I and many others have always been startled by how German citizens were completely seduced by Hitler and forced into events created by the Führer and his fellow aids. The question of questions asked so many times before is how could a group of people like the Germans, so refined and evolved, masters in so many fields of art and, above all, lovers of the intimate essence of nature, be drawn into the dark events of WWII?

What many don’t know is that a considerable number of Germans died opposing the horrors of the Nazi machine. They are not remembered as heroes.

My play was written out of a personal wish to create an imaginary place in time when, for once, a German (Klara) and a German Jew (Miriam) could meet, look at each other beyond their ethnic imprint and the tragedy that linked them during WWII, and find the primal love that is common to all souls.

Klara dies under interrogation in an SS station for hiding and not revealing the whereabouts of Miriam, the resistance fighter she sheltered in her apartment for just a few hours. Miriam, in turn, dies while attempting to liberate Klara from the grip of the SS that tortured and killed her. By the end of the play, it is apparent that the good and heroic nature of the German tradition is at its best in Klara and Miriam who would rather lose her life than be party to the Nazi regime, and the transcendent heroism is equally alive in both, whom are ready to love one of their “enemies” and die knowing that to attempt to save them is equal to a suicide verdict.

 

FOR PRESS AND INDUSTRY COMPS – Contact: cabrinireptheater@gmail.com

Visit cabrinireptheater.com

Franco Moschetti

 

Biography

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Franco Moschetti

 

Franco Moschetti is a playwright and director of theater and film. He is the founder and Artistic Director of The Cabrini Repertory Theater, and creator of the Thespis and Venus/Adonis Theater Festival/Competitions. His recent work includes writing and directing War Is Over, a short film denouncing war, that was screened in Rome, Milan, Ghent, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Ottawa, New York, San Diego and Las Vegas.

He also wrote and directed It Was A Girl, a short film that raised awareness about the  controversial tragedy of abortion. It was screened at New York Film Academy in New York. In 2012, he directed co-wrote with Michele Farbman That is How I Left (thatishowileft.com), a powerful biographical play staged at the Living Theater to critical acclaim. Franco is currently writing a film adaptation of the play.

 

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Meet the Players

 

The Cast:

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Writer/Director -  FRANCO MOSCHETTI
Miriam – MICHELE FARBMAN
Klara - GUDRUN BUHLER
Gunter- CURTIS NIELSEN
Fritz – KAZY TAUGINAS
Herman – MATT McALLISTER
Hans - MARCELLO PADILLA
Joseph - JOHN LARKIN
Wolfgang - BRENTON DUPLESSIE
Eva - WANDA O’CONNELL
Ann- RHEA ROSS
Light/Sound- PATRICK BAKALLI

 

 

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Franco Moschetti
Franco Moschetti is a playwright and director of theater and film. He is the founder and Artistic Director of The Cabrini Repertory Theater, and creator of the Thespis and Venus/Adonis Theater Festival/Competitions. His recent work includes writing and directing War Is Over, a short film denouncing war, that was screened in Rome, Milan, Ghent, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Ottawa, New York, San Diego and Las Vegas. He also wrote and directed It Was A Girl, a short film that raised awareness about the controversial tragedy of abortion. It was screened at New York Film Academy in New York. In 2012, he directed and co-wrote with Michele Farbman That is How I Left (thatishowileft.com), a powerful biographical play staged at the Living Theater to critical acclaim. Franco is currently writing a film adaptation of When Yellow Were the Stars on Earth.

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Miriam: Michele Farbman -
is an actress and playwright. Her original play That Is How I Left, which she wrote and played lead in, was successfully presented at The Living Theater in 2012.  She played lead in When Yellow Were the Stars on Earth in 2011 to a sold out run and will play the role again at Cabrini Repertory Theater in January, 2014. She spent three years performing with Urban Research Theater, a NYC-based physical and vocal theater company and performed her solo show A Question for Antigone at The Medicine Show Theater in 2011. She has also acted in numerous short films that were featured in festivals and screenings throughout New York City.

gudrun buhler Meet the Players

Klara: Gudrun Buhler
is a member of the HB-Studio acting ensemble. Her recent acting performances, lead roles, include the title role in Jeanne D’Arc at the Connelly Theatre, Elena in “A Persian Garden, Jenny “Three Penny Opera”, Klara “When Yellow were the Stars on Earth” at the Manhattan Repertory Theatre on Broadway and the Nurse in “Romeo and Juliet the Musical” at the Cabrini Repertory Theatre. Gudrun has performed in Venues like the Baden-Baden Festspielhaus, Karlsruhe Staatstheatre, Kaiserslautern Staatstheater, the Axelrod Theatre NJ and many more.

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Gunter: Curtis Nielsen
National Solo Tour Three Cups of Tea directed by Wynn Handman; Dylan (Dylan Thomas), Hamlet (Hamlet) (at St. Clement’s); The Dancer (CRT’s Thespis Festival Award, Best Actor) Mata Hari  (Planet Connections Festival Award nomination, Best Actor) The Proposal (Ivan) (NCT, NYTheater Visions Award, Best Actor) . www.curtisnielsen.com

kazy tauginas Meet the Players

Fritz: Kazy Tauginas

hails from Oak Park, IL, the birthplace of Ernest Hemingway. Prior to moving to New York, he graduated from the University of Delaware with a degree in Health and Exercise Science.  He studied Acting for Film at the New York Film Academy. Since his graduation in 2009, he’s been in numerous independent film titles including “Terminal Legacy”, directed by Brian Kazmarck.  ”The Broken Tower” directed by James Franco. “Sheer” directed by Ruben Mazzoleni.   www.kazytauginas.com

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Herman: Matt McAllister
is a New York based actor who has appeared as the Talking Dog in An Adult Evening of Shel Silverstein at the Baruch Performing Arts Center, Jordan in That is How I left at the living Theater in 2012, and most recently Promptcash in Self at the Metropolitan Playhouse. You can see him as Gary Bradley in the ID channell’s Evil, I and was recently featured as a “cabbie” in the New York Television Festival selection #Doorman.

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Hans - Marcello Padilla
Marcello Padilla is  a graduate of the Stella Adler Studio of Acting and the New York Film Academy Musical Theatre Conservatory. He is a member of the Red Tie Mafia improv troupe, and other current projects include work of William Shakespeare’s Pericles and a new version of the classic Greek tragedie Medea rewritten by Becca Brunstetter, as well as the new musical Venice Beach which he co wrote with his Father Mario Padilla. Past credits include Tommy Ross in Carrie: The Musical, Julio in the new web series People You Know, the Ordinary Man in PINCHBOTTOM’s Pretencion, Lord Capulet in Romeo and Juliet The Musical, Henrik Egerman in A Little Night Music, and Tommy Djilas in The Music Man.

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Joseph: John Larkin
is the son of Audrey and acclaimed thespian, John Larkin.  John has been in numerous film and television productions.  One of his latest endeavors was a web series entitled “Paulie Pastrami” –   He can also be seen in “The Dispatcher” . He has an upcoming television appearance playing a starring role as Sheriff Doug Harvey in “The Bad Old Days” episode the entitled “Co-ed Killers” which will air on the Discovery ID channel.

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WolfgangBrenton Duplessie

is a 2009 New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts Alumni. His past stage credit’s include: (Steve Savage) in “Stripped”,(Nicholas) in “Love Hurts”. Feature Films include: “Jersey Shore Massacre” , “Privacy” directed by Jorg Ihle which won the ‘Visionary Filmmaker Award’ at GenArt Film Festival 2012. Brenton also played (Dallas Christian) in the TV Show “Redrum” ‘Twisted Ties’ on the Investigation Discovery Channel. www.brentonduplessie.com

 

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Eva – Wanda O’Connell

a native Bostonian, studied with the drama department at Northeastern University and with Michael Shurtleff.  Since 1996 Wanda has lived in the New York City area where she has acted extensively both on stage and in film.  A few of her favorite stage roles have been Lady Bracknell in “The Importance of Being Earnest”, Dolly in “The Matchmaker”, Mrs. Holly in “Suddenly Last Summer”, and Anne Shankland in “Separate Tables”. Woconnell33@gmail.com, www.wandaoconnell.com

 

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Ann – Rhea Ross 

is the Executive Director of The Kesher Project – an agency of the  UJA/Federation in Connecticut that keeps Judaism present in the lives of high functioning special needs adults living in group homes and private residences. She is a graduate of The School of Life. Her acting debut was in the 2012 NY Fringe Festival in an autobiographical play That Is How I Left

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Light/Sound techPatrick Bakalli

Patrick Bakalli has been a lighting and sound design technician for more than 15 years. Before joining Cabrini Repertory Theater as Audio and Visual Director, he ran the a/v department for AIDS non-profit The One Foundation, which utilized Patrick’s skills for staged performances, both in & out of doors. He has been with Cabrini Rep since the theater opened, and has since designed projections & run tech for many plays, increasing each show’s ability to run smoothly and look as stylishly beautiful as possible. The majority of shows thatPatrick has teched have gone on to the finals.

 

 

Letter from writer and director Franco Moschetti

 

letter from the director 150x150 Letter from writer and director Franco MoschettiIt is with great pleasure that I invite you to get to know a play I’ve written.

When Yellow Were the Stars on Earth

The play takes place in Berlin in 1943 and explores two areas of WWII phenomena that are rarely spoken of. To my knowledge, a play that deals with female Jewish Resistance fighters and Germans who oppose the Nazi Regime enough to die for their beliefs has never been written. The story centers on two such characters, both women.

The Jewish Resistance fighter is a German that risks her life every day to defeat the Nazi machinery responsible for killing so many members of her race. The second German woman is a Cabaret singer who, while trapped in a relationship with a brutal SS Captain, sheds secret tears of pain knowing that her fellow countrymen are murdering millions, mostly Jews, during shootings in German-occupied countries. It would have been a rare moment in time for these two women to meet.

I have been immersed in studying the Holocaust for many years and continue to be deeply pained by the killing of 12 million people, six million of which were Jews. I have collected a large number of documentaries from around the world and many books that report in detail on the long journey of despair that Jewish European citizens endured. Although I am Italian and was raised Catholic, I have a deep love and respect for Judaism. I’ve also thoroughly studied the history of Germany from the beginning of the 20th Century until the 1960s. I and many others have always been startled by how German citizens were completely seduced by Hitler and forced into events created by the Führer and his fellow aids. The question of questions is how could a group of people like the Germans, so refined and evolved, masters in so many fields of art and, above all, lovers of the intimate essence of nature, be drawn into the dark events of WWII?

What many don’t know is that a considerable number of Germans died opposing the horrors of the Nazi machine. They are not remembered as heroes.

My play was written out of a personal wish to create an imaginary place in time when, for once, a German (Klara) and a German Jew (Miriam) could meet, look at each other beyond their ethnic imprint and the tragedy that linked them during WWII, and find the primal love that is common to all souls.

Klara dies under interrogation in an SS station for hiding and not revealing the whereabouts of Miriam, the resistance fighter she sheltered in her apartment for just a few hours. Miriam, in turn, dies while attempting to liberate Klara from the grip of the SS. By the end of the play, it is apparent that the good and heroic nature of the German tradition is at its best in both Klara and Miriam, who would rather lose their lives than be party to the Nazi regime. A transcendent heroism is equally alive in both, who are ready to love one of their “enemies” and lose their lives rather than be party to merciless killing.

 •§•



Truly Yours,

Franco Moschetti
 Writer/Director

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From Adaumbelle’s Quest

 

From Adaumbelle’s Quest
July 24, 2011

 

When Yellow Were the Stars on Earth

transparent From Adaumbelles QuestSunday, July 24, 2011 at 01:11AM

adaumbellesquest From Adaumbelles QuestThere have been several shows written about the Holocaust, but on Saturday, July 23, 2011, I saw one of the most riveting new plays I have seen in a while, “When Yellow Were the Stars on Earth,” written and directed by Franco Moschetti,  ”When Yellow Were the Stars on Earth” tells the story of a German cabaret singer and Jewish Resistance fighter who cross paths in the most unexpected way in Berlin 1943, with both women making the ultimate sacrifice for one another.

Franco has written a powerful and emotional play about a topic that has not been dealt with in theatre before: the considerable number of Germans who died opposing the horrors of the Nazi machine. Helping to bring this show to life is a terrific cast that  as a whole performs great together, each character necessary to tell this story.

There were so many intense moments in this show that I couldn’t wait for the next scene.

While some might think, “why do I need to see another show about the Holocaust,” my answer is simply because it’s a topic that still needs to be talked about and because you haven’t seen Franco Moschetti’s “When Yellow Were the Stars on Earth” which gives a different viewpoint about the brave heroes who risked their life to save the Jews.

 

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Adam Rothenberg, NY Theater Critic

 

adam rothenberg new theater 150x150 Adam Rothenberg, NY Theater CriticThere have been several shows written about the Holocaust, but on Saturday, July 23, 2011, I saw one of the most riveting new plays I have seen in a while—When Yellow Were the Stars on Earth, written and directed by Franco Moschetti When Yellow Were the Stars on Earth tells the story of a German cabaret singer and Jewish Resistance fighter who cross paths in the most unexpected way in Berlin 1943, with both women making the ultimate sacrifice for one another.

Franco has written a powerful and emotional play that includes a topic that has not been dealt with in theatre before: the considerable number of Germans who died opposing the horrors of the Nazi machine. Helping to bring this show to life is a terrific cast . The cast as a whole performed great together, each character necessary to tell this story.

There were so many intense moments in this show that I couldn’t wait for the next scene.

While some might think, “Why do I need to see another show about the Holocaust?” my answer is simply because it’s a topic that still needs to be talked about and because you haven’t seen Franco Moschetti’s When Yellow Were the Stars on Earth, which gives a different viewpoint about the brave heroes who risked their life to save the Jews.

Adam Rothenberg, NY Theater Critic

Ken Wolf, Artistic Director and Founder of Manhattan Repertory Theatre

 


When Yellow Were The Stars On Earth
 

is a unique and powerful play. Set in the war torn years of Nazi Germany, the play illustrates the struggles and horrors of that time, melded with a human story of love, compassion and undying humanity. Director and playwright Franco Moschetti makes some bold choices and tells a frightening and inspiring story of people trapped in a world gone awry.  Coupled with a near perfect cast, this play will strike anger in your heart, and then bring you to tears.

I’ve hosted over 600 plays at Manhattan Rep and this play rates in the top 1 percent. This play should go, where it belongs—and that is on Broadway.
When Yellow Were The Stars on Earth is REAL theatre, IMPORTANT theatre, and NOT TO BE MISSED!

 

Ken Wolf,  Artistic Director and Founder of Manhattan Repertory Theater

To order tickets you can go to

www.brownpapertickets.com/event/536184