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About Way To Heaven (Himmelweg) - Off Broadway

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Penned by Spain’s National Theater Award recipient, Juan Mayorga’s WAY TO HEAVEN (HIMMELWEG) has been produced in London, Paris, Madrid, Buenos Aires, Sydney and New York, among other cities. The production now being presented at Repertorio has received unanimous praise from New York critics, led by The New York Times (Critics' Pick), Backstage (also a Critics' Pick) and NYTheatre (Reviewer's Pick).

Way to Heaven (Himmelweg) by Equilicu produccionesis based on the notorious true story of the Theresienstadt concentration camp, where, to fool international inspectors and quell extermination rumors, the Nazis constructed a fake village. Juán Mayorga's startlingly original play begins years after the fact with an account by the Red Cross employee who was there, then leaps backward in time to show the creation and rehearsal of another very unusual play, one in which the Jewish people are assigned roles (Mayor, Boy #1, etc.) and given lines to say to inspectors passing by. Written and directed by one of the most ironic figures ever to appear on a stage – a witty, cultured, humanistic Nazi Commandant – and the Jewish prisoner selected to play the Mayor, this "play" will ultimately serve its purpose and the inspector will return with a positive review.

Perception, the power of images, rhetoric and Theater itself are among Mayorga’s themes, and also, perhaps most significantly, the play asks, How much courage is required to take responsibility for what you see?
,br> Juan Mayorga is the recipient of Spain's 2007 National Theater Award, as well as the 2009 Max Award. The play has been produced worldwide, including London, Paris, Dublin, Buenos Aires and Madrid.

Length: 1 hr 35 mins
Intermission: None

The production, a New York Times, Backstage and NYTheatre Critics’ Pick, will be presented in English with live simultaneous Spanish-language translation available.

Performances begin on Tuesday, September 28, 2010 and will be presented for five consecutive weeks through Saturday, October 30, 2010.


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