Panel Discussion To Feature Director Michael Wilson, Actor Richard Thomas and Scholar Brian Phillips
March 28, 2016 [St. Petersburg, FL] — The Florida Holocaust Museum is thrilled to present the nation’s first public screening and celebrity panel discussion of the 2015 Signature Theatre Off-Broadway revival production Incident at Vichy – an original Arthur Miller play, directed by acclaimed Broadway Director Michael Wilson and starring Emmy Award-winning actor Richard Thomas – at The Tampa Theatre on Monday, May 2 at 7:30 pm. The filmed version of Incident at Vichy is a co-production of THIRTEEN Productions and BroadwayHD.
Director Michael Wilson and Vichy Scholar Brian Phillips will lead a post-film panel discussion for this special one-night-only showing of the BroadwayHD filmed play. Emmy Award-winning actor Richard Thomas will participate remotely.
Synopsis: At the height of World War II In Vichy, France – an area that was supposedly a “free zone” – nine men and a boy are rounded up under suspicious circumstances. As ominous reports of far-off camps and cattle cars packed with prisoners begin to circulate, the men battle over politics, philosophy and how to escape.
The New York Times has written three glowing reviews for three different installments of the play. The original staged production in 1964 was acclaimed as “a moving play, a searching play, one of the most important plays of our time,” by Howard Taubman.
The 2009 revival was selected as a NYT Critic’s Pick and termed “a riveting 90 minutes.”
And for the play’s 2015 Signature Theatre Off-Broadway revival, Charles Isherwood writes: “What’s appealing about this rare chance to see Incident at Vichy is the opportunity that it affords to hear Miller’s ethical insights and piercing intelligence resounding with such unbridled forthright eloquence.”
The film screening of the 2015 Signature Theatre Off-Broadway performance is FREE and open to the public, with donations gratefully accepted, and will take place on Monday, May 2 at 7:30 p.m. at The Tampa Theatre. Sponsorship opportunities are available, please call (727) 820-0100 x274.
Michael Wilson, Richard Thomas and Brian Phillips will be available for interview the day of the event.
Jacqueline Albin, a local resident and Holocaust Survivor, grew up in France during that time, and is also available for interview about related events. Her father was drafted into the French army when she was two years old. At five, she and her mother rejoined her father in the unoccupied zone. She remembers hiding in a neighbor’s house, crouching in the bushes overnight, finding out that her grandparents had been sent to Auschwitz, and fleeing to the mountains where they were attacked and interrogated.
For media requests, please contact The FHM by calling (727) 820-0100 x242.
One of the largest Holocaust museums in the country, and one of three nationally accredited Holocaust museums, The Florida Holocaust Museum honors the memory of millions of men, women and children who suffered or died in the Holocaust. The FHM is dedicated to teaching members of all races and cultures the inherent worth and dignity of human life in order to prevent future genocides. The FHM played a critical role in shaping legislation that in 1994 made Florida one of the first states in the nation to mandate Holocaust education in the public schools from kindergarten through twelfth grade. In a collaboration effort between The FHM and the Pinellas County School System, guidelines were developed for K-12 teachers with grade-appropriate instructional goals and bibliography for teaching the Holocaust. These guidelines are used by teachers throughout the nation as well as in Florida. The FHM’s renowned Teaching Trunk program sends trunks filled with grade-appropriate, dynamic literature and art-based lessons about the Holocaust, genocide and character education free of charge to classrooms throughout Florida and the continental United States. The FHM-created lesson plans and educational guides on the Holocaust and other genocides can also be found at TheFHM.org.