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A dark yet humorous play, H*tler’s Tasters is about the little known historical story of the spirited girls who were chosen to taste Hitler’s food to confirm it was safe. But in an updated contemporary and at times “rock and roll” style, it reveals how fictions and group-think bring about fear, complacency, power grabs, and the loss of freedoms. The outcome, is that at first we think these fictions are about the“other”, but as Martin Niemöller, the Lutheran pastor who at first supported the Nazi actions against the Jews, famously said, “and then they came for me.” Inspired by the true story of Margot Wölk, at 94 years old she revealed her harrowing past as one of the fifteen women chosen for this “honor.”
Written by award-winning playwright Michelle Kholos Brooks, H*tler’s Tasters is directed by Sarah Norris, the Founding Artistic Director of New Light Theater Project and produced by David Y. Chack, Artistic Director of ShPIeL-Performing Identity, New Light Theater and Hallie C. Griffin, Mary Kathryn Kopp, Kaitlin Longoria and Hannah Mae Sturges.
Presented by ShPIeL and New Light Theater
H*TLER’S TASTERS by Michelle Kholos Brooks directed by Sarah Norris
Thursday, February 2, 2023 @ 7:30 PM
Friday, February 3, 2023 @ 7:30 PM
Saturday, February 4, 2023 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, February 5, 2023 @ 2:30 PM
Thursday, February 9, 2023 @ 7:30 PM
Friday, February 10, 2023 @ 7:30 PM
Saturday, February 11, 2023 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, February 12, 2023 @ 2:30 PM
The Kentucky Center – MeX Theater | 501 West Main St., Louisville, KY 40202 (map)
FEBRUARY 2ND – OPENING NIGHT:
Rabbi, Dr. Stanley R. Miles – Graduate Course Instructor, “The Holocaust as Reflected in Diaries and Memoirs”, Melton School, Louisville, KY.
FEBRUARY 3RD – FRIDAY NIGHT:
Professor Megan Burnett – Director of Theatre Program, Bellarmine University, Louisville
FEBRUARY 4TH – SATURDAY NIGHT:
Professor David Chack – Professor at The Theatre School
at DePaul University, Chicago and ShPIeL – Performing Identity Producing Artistic Director in Louisville, KY., Chicago, Los Angeles
FEBRUARY 9TH – THURSDAY NIGHT:
Michelle Kholos Brooks – Award-winning playwright with productions staged internationally and a Playwright-in-Residence at NewYorkRep. Awards and distinctions include the Susan Glaspell Award for H*tler’s Tasters, the Reva Shiner Comedy Award for Kalamazoo, co-written by Kelly Younger. H*tler’s Tasters was also named ‘Best of Fringe’ at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe by The Stage UK.
Sadiqa Reynolds – CEO of the New York-based Perception Institute, an action-oriented Think Tank doing cutting edge mind science research, and translating it to provide tools that help align actions with intentions around issues of race, gender, and equity.
FEBRUARY 11TH – SATURDAY NIGHT:
Professor David Chack
FEBRUARY 12TH – SUNDAY MATINEE
Allison Clary — Holocaust Educator from Jeffersonville High School