“This has been quite a ride with Simon Wiesenthal, the Holocaust survivor and human rights activist who passed away a few years ago. He dedicated his whole life to bringing to justice over 1100 Nazi war criminals, who otherwise would have gotten away with it. After World War II, many of them fled to South and Central America. Some of them even made it to the United States. Through the legal system, Wiesenthal was able to bring them to justice. I premiered this work at Theatre 40 in 2011. Afterwards, I was thrilled to bring his message of justice and tolerance to audiences around the country. Now, I’ve returned to Beverly Hills to perform the play again, this time at the beautiful Wallis Annenberg complex. I originally spent over three years researching and developing the play. And people should not think this is a somber work. I discovered in my research that back in the 1930s Wiesenthal had aspirations to be a comic actor. He had a wonderful sense of humor and I get to project that from the stage. For anyone who saw the play back in 2011, they will see some changes. I have eliminated the previous intermission. It is now a one-act play and it works so much better. Of course, I have the great Jenny Sullivan guiding me and that is such a plus.”
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