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Times Like These
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Based on the real-life story of Nazi-era German stage stars Meta Wolff and Joachim Gottschalk, whose marriage was itself the stuff of drama, Times Like These is a play about the love and lives of two great artists whose tragic fates were intertwined with the political storm of the times in which they lived.
October 30 - December 14, 2003
John O'Keefe is a noted playwright who lives and works in the West Coast and whose play Times Like These is the winner of the 2002 prestigious Los Angeles Drama Circle Critics Award for Best Play of the Season.
The play will receive its Florida premiere at New Theatre, directed by Rafael de Acha, with a cast that includes Finnish actress Annemaria Rajala in her New Theatre debut as German-Jewish actress Meta Wolff. Returning to New Theatre, Heath Kelts, will play the role of Oskar Weiss, the German actor married to Meta.
The production is made possible through the generous support of The Manny and Ruthy Cohen Foundation and Melvin C. and Nancy Morgenstern.
From John O'Keefe's Times Like These
'There is a catastrophe. A building has been destroyed. People have been killed. Everyone is running around in terror. They don't know where to hide or what will happen next. This man comes along who wasn't really liked that much before, but now, he's there in the ashes of disaster, in the still smoldering fires, naming the people who did it, promising to punish them. I never wanted to think about politics. I took it for granted that civilized people would act in good taste. Now everything I know has been turned around. Nothing is the same. I used to think there were crazy people and sane people, but now I know that we are all crazy. How else would one explain it? That little screaming man is our leader. I'll tell you something else, types like him, once they're in office they never let go.'