Monday, September 07, 2009

Broadway Monday

The Retributionists
Spring 1946. The plan was simple--a German for every Jew. Its execution would be swift, clean, its impact undeniable. A band of young Jewish freedom fighters attempts to avenge a society's wrongs--if only they can keep from tearing each other apart in the process.
This romantic thriller is based on real events detailed in the memoir Revenge: A Story of Hope by Laura Blumenfeld who writes her story of searching for the man who shot her father. Along the way she learned of the various ways cultures embrace and execute revenge.
The observations found in the book are what propelled this play. Writer Daniel Goldfarb says "It's a cautionary tale. "What I'm interested in exploring is what revenge does to a society."
Interesting concept that yields a lesson applicable in everyday life. The Retributionists is currently in previews at Playwrights Horizons/Mainstage Theatre and will run September 14-27. Tony Award winner for Next to Normal, Tom Kitt penned the music for this production.

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