Unless we teach the next generation our history, we are doomed to repeat it
Submitted by: Diane Category: Engaging in Our Community
The Big Idea
My West of Broadway theater company is non-profit organization. This February/March we are performing JUDGMENT AT NUREMBERG with a twist — the audience will decide the fate of the defendants, along with the American Tribunal.
Individual responsibility within government is as timely a topic now as it was then — and West of Broadway's goal is to teach social and civic responsibility through stage.
I would love to be able to perform this play, and others like it, all around Los Angeles. At the moment, our Los Angeles County Performing Arts Council grant only affords us an opportunity to do it in a limited run and in Santa Monica. With a $100k budget, the possibilities for producing this show and others like it around Los Angeles are endless.
The project goals are several: 1. utilize theater as a way to remind the Jewish community and our gentile neighbors of our history; 2. to emphasize that individual responsibility and moral choices that existed during the holocaust, exist today; 3. to engage the younger generation in our history through interactive stage.
This Is A Great Idea Because
I discovered recently that the holocaust is no longer taught as part of the history curriculum in many of the Los Angeles high schools. So I promptly decided to remedy that by obtaining the rights to JUDGMENT IN NUREMBERG, with the intention of updating it (which hasn't been done to date) and providing the only INTERACTIVE production on this subject as a forum for debate.