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Tony Award winner Daryl Roth (Kinky Boots, The Normal Heart) and Karyl Lynn Burns (The Best is Yet to Come) present the New York premiere of Wiesenthal, the award-winning play written by and starring Tom Dugan and directed by Jenny Sullivan. Wiesenthal launches a limited 14-week engagement, from October 24 through February 1, at the Acorn Theatre at Theatre Row, (410 W. 42nd Street). Opening night is November 5.

Filled with hope, humanity and humor, Wiesenthal is the inspiring true story of Simon Wiesenthal. Sometimes referred to as “the Jewish James Bond,” Wiesenthal escaped death at the hands of Hitler’s S.S., lost 89 family members, and devoted more than six decades to bringing Nazi war criminals to justice. Part memoir and part spy thriller, Dugan’s play introduces us to Wiesenthalon the day before his retirement as he welcomes his final group of Americans to his office in The Jewish Documentation Center in Vienna.

“I am thrilled to make my New York debut with Wiesenthal,” says Dugan. “My father was a WWII veteran who received The Bronze Battle Star and The Purple Heart. He liberated the Buchenwald Concentration Camp in 1945.  Although I was raised Irish Catholic, I later married a Jewish woman, and now we are raising our two boys in the Jewish faith, so Simon Wiesenthal’s message of tolerance has a deep resonance for me considering my father’s place in Jewish history and my future in the Jewish community. Intelligent, funny, flawed and noble, Wiesenthal was a true and universal 20th Century hero as he not only fought for the rights of Jewish Holocaust victims, but Soviet, Polish, Gypsy, Jehovah’s Witness and homosexual victims as well.”

“Plays that engage, enlighten, and entertain audiences have always been part of my mission,” says producer Daryl Roth. “Wiesenthal’s story is a very significant part of our history, and I am honored to be sharing it this season.”

LISTINGS INFORMATION: Wiesenthal launches a limited 14-week engagement, from October 24 through February 1, at the Acorn Theatre at Theatre Row, (410 W. 42nd Street). Opening night is November 5.  Performances are Tuesdays and Thursday at 7pm, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturday at 8pm, with matinees Saturdays at 2pm and Sunday at 3pm. Tickets are $69 and are available at Telecharge.com, 212-239-6200. For $49 Group Tickets (10+), or $36 Student Groups (10+: 25 and under), contact Carol Ostrow at (212) 265-8500. Visit www.WiesenthalThePlay.com for additional information.

 

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