Subversive Theatre and the New Phoenix are teaming up again, another in a nearly decade-long collaboration on plays centered around injustice. The pairing’s previous outings include such political tales as “Waiting for Lefty,” “Inherit the Wind” and “On the Waterfront.” Add to that a new production of Abby Mann’s “Judgment at Nuremberg,” adapted from the famous 1961 film about the 1947 military tribunals for war crimes committed by the Nazis.
The play is unique within its genre for its focus on the criminals and not on the victim; in fact, there are no Jewish characters in the story. Instead, it explores the ways of being guilty, the way we, as citizens and humans, turn our eye to the atrocities that are staring us in the face. It is a story about everyday justice, about the roles we all play in both good and evil. Subversive’s Kurt Schneiderman directs a cast that includes members of both companies, including David Mitchell, Lisa Ludwig, Richard Lambert, Ray Boucher, Adam Yellen, John Profeta, Joy Scime and Tim Joyce.
“Judgment at Nuremberg” runs May 5 through June 4 at the New Phoenix Theatre on the Park (95 Johnson Park). Tickets are $30 general, $20 for students and seniors. All Thursday performances are “pay what you can.” For tickets and reservations, visit newphoenixtheatre.org or call 853-1334.
– Ben Siegel