Season 12: Plays & Musicals

December 16 - January 3
*Extended to January 10*

ALL IS CALM:
THE CHRISTMAS TRUCE OF 1914

by Peter Rothstein
with musical arrangements by Erick Lichte and Timothy C. Takach

Directed by Sasha Brätt
Music Direction by Benjamin Rauch



This is a film of the play. This play was originally scheduled to be produced by Playhouse Theatre Group, Inc. live at Playhouse on Park. As a result of guidelines put forth by Governor Ned Lamont and out of concern for the safety of our staff, cast, and crew, the play was filmed outdoors without the presence of a live audience. All involved in the making of the film of this play were required to adhere to an extensive safety plan.

A remarkable true story from the Western Front. All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914 relives an astounding moment in history; in a silence amid the combat, a soldier steps into no man’s land singing “Silent Night.” Thus begins an extraordinary night of camaraderie between the Allied troops and German soldiers. They lay down their arms to celebrate the holiday, share food and drink, play soccer, and sing carols. This dramatic retelling weaves together firsthand accounts of World War I soldiers with patriotic tunes, trench songs, and Christmas carols.

 

"... When [the voices] come together, the sensation is tremendous and the musical chill effect engulfing...The show is a lesson...in music as a vehicle for emotion."
The New York Times
"A heartbreaking tribute to the men, who, in defiance of their commanders
had the courage to affirm their common humanity."

The New Yorker

Give the gift of theatre this holiday season by purchasing online streams of ALL IS CALM for your friends and family. Simply call our box office and ask how! 860-523-5900 x10.

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Performance Schedule


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Running Time: 1 hr 15 minutes.


Want to hear from the director and the cast? Two talk backs will be held for this production. Click the Related tab above for dates and how to register to participate. Additional content related to the show can be found there also (study guide, music, promotion with River Bend Bookshop and more!)

Join us for a panel discussion: Shared Gestures of Goodwill: The Christmas Truce of 1914.
Sunday, December 27th at 4:00pm

Moderated by West Hartford's Chuck Coursey with special guest panelists: American Folk Music Star John McCutcheon, All is Calm creator Peter Rothstein, CT’s own WWI aficionado Christine Pittsley, and Sam Kassow, a leading historian of Polish Jewry and the Holocaust.

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WAYS TO VIEW THE SHOW


INDIVIDUAL TICKET BUYERS:

>>Purchase a code to the stream
Tickets are $20 [purchase] per stream plus an additional $3 service charge. Online orders are subject to an additional $1.50 processing fee. In person and phone orders do not have the additional $1.50 fee. All fees are passed on directly to the companies that charge us for their services. Upon purchasing a stream, you will receive an email from BoxOffice@PlayhouseTheatreGroup.org. This will include your receipt, your code to view the film and instructions on how to access it.

NOTE: The code is intended for the purchaser only.  You will be able to access the film from December 16th - January 10th only.

-OR-

>>View the production at a public screening at Cinestudio in Hartford
Friday, December 18th at 7:30pm
Saturday, December 19th at 2:30pm and 7:30pm
All tickets are $20. Reserved seating.
Tickets must be purchased through Cinestudio. You may either purchase them online here: www.cinestudio.org or in person the day of the screening. All seating will be socially distanced. Social distancing must be observed at all times. Masks must be worn at all times, even when seated. For more information about Cinestudio's COVID-19 safety plan, directions and information on parking, visit www.cinestudio.org


SUBSCRIBERS:

You have three options; you'll be contacted via email by our Box Office to see which option works best for you.

1. Stream the production online

As a subscriber, you'll receive an email from our Box Office, which will contain a link and access code. You can access the stream anytime from December 16 thru January 3. You MUST watch it during this window. It will expire promptly at 11:59pm on January 10th.

2. Schedule an appointment to come to the Playhouse between December 16 - January 10 and watch it on our screen.
Only people in your quarantine bubble can purchase a ticket or use their subscription ticket to attend with you. Concessions will not be open; you may bring your own. As a subscriber, you'll also receive extras: links to educational & informational supplements, initiatives, events and activities which will be offered to enhance your experience.

3. View the production at Cinestudio in Hartford
Choose between three screenings:
Friday, December 18th at 7:30pm
Saturday, December 19th at 2:30pm or 7:30pm
Seating will be socially distanced. Masks required at all times.



SCHOOLS/EDUCATORS:

ALL IS CALM: THE CHRISTMAS TRUCE OF 1914 is appropriate for grades 7 through 12 and college students. For information about purchasing an educational package, which includes a study guide, a link to stream, and more, email Acting Director of Education Michael Hinton or call 860-523-5900 x16.


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Cast


Lu DeJesus (Actor 1)
Connecticut Repertory Theatre: Beadle Bamford SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET. WCSU: Pinky OUR LADY OF 121ST STREET; Larry COMPANY; Mitch Mahoney THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE.



Michael Hinton (Actor 3)
Playhouse on Park: MOON FOR THE MISBEGOTTEN. Regional: Elm Shakespeare Company; Ivoryton Playhouse; Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center; New York: Hip to Hip Theatre; UK: Tobacco Factory Theatre. MA:The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. www.MichaelHintonActor.com


Niko Touros - (Actor 2)
 Playhouse on Park: Usnavi IN THE HEIGHTS. Other credits include: CELEBRITY CRUISES, Crutchie NEWSIES, Reggie et. al FIRST DATE, Sky MAMMA MIA!, Favorite quote: "Keep your eyes on the stars & your feet on the ground. You can do this." Instagram: nt0uros


Singers:

Kevin J. Andersen Evan Benjamin
Matthew Bridgeman Spencer Hamlin
Alex Hunt Ryan Mancini
Michael McAvaney Zach Reggio
 
Jermaine Woodard, Jr.  

Sasha Brätt (Director) Playhouse on Park: TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE, THE REVISIONIST, THE DINING ROOM, and OTHELLO, Director of New Works; Director or Assistant Director: Woolly Mammoth Theater Company, Folger Shakespeare Theatre, Shakespeare and Company, Ivoryton Playhouse, Seven Angels Theatre.


Benjamin Rauch - (Music Director)
leads a multi-faceted career as a countertenor including singing soprano with the GRAMMY® award winning ensemble Chanticleer) conductor, composer, and educator. Faculty at The Hartt School and directs the Hartt Choir and Chorale.

Mollie Cook (Stage Manager) is currently serving as the resident stage manager at Playhouse on Park, but has worn many hats here over the years. Select Playhouse credits include METAMORPHOSES (SM), CABARET (ASM), HAIR (PSM), TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE (PSM, PASSING STRANGE (PSM), IF YOU GIVE A MOUSE A COOKIE (ASM & Mouse's Reflection), MURDER FOR TWO (PSM), TENDERLY: THE ROSEMARY CLOONEY MUSICAL (PSM). Mollie holds a BA in Theater from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and continues her studies by learning from every artist that passes through the Playhouse doors. Tweet me @mmollieclaire !!

Johann Fitzpatrick (Technical Director, Scenic Designer, Lighting Designer): Johann wears several hats at Playhouse on Park. Recent designs include lights for THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS, TENDERLY, PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, THE SANTALAND DIARIESĀ and set design for NUNSENSE. He also serves as the theatre's Technical Director and Master Electrician. Design credits outside Playhouse on Park include two seasons with the Wexford Festival Opera and a slew of work in Dublin, Ireland. He holds an MFA in Stage Design from Trinity College, Dublin. Find more of his work at johanntheatre.com.

Eileen Oconnnor (Properties and Set Dressing) Eileen is delighted to return to Playhouse on Park as Season 12 resident Props Master. She has been responsible for properties and set dressing on over 20 productions including: TENDERLY, THE ROSEMARY CLOONEY MUSICAL,THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS,THE REVOLUTIONISTS, IN THE HEIGHTS, INTIMATE APPAREL, THE DIAIRY OF ANNE FRANK, THE CHOSEN. For young audiences: MERRILY MANNERLY, ELEPHANT AND PIGGIE, CAT IN THE HAT. On stage performance: stop/time dance theater: SUPERSTITION. Retired from a successful career in Public Health, Eileen is very grateful to Darlene for helping launch her second act. In the off-season, Eileen can be found at the Jersey Shore.

Jennifer Scapetis-Tycer (Dialect Coach) Jennifer has coached many Playhouse on Park productions, including A SHAYNA MAIDEL,THE SCOTTSBORRO BOYS, MY NAME IS ASHER LEV, INTIMATE APPAREL, LAST TRAIN TO NIBROC, A MOON FOR THE MISBEGOTTEN, and I HATE HAMLET. Jennifer teaches on the MFA and BFA programs at UConn and coaches for Connecticut Repertory Theatre.

All Is Calm - Creators

Peter Rothstein (Writer) has directed 72 mainstage productions for Theater Latté Da, including 11 world premieres. Other recent collaborations include the Guthrie Theater, the Children’s Theater Company, Minnesota Opera, the Illusion Theater, Ten Thousand Things, Minnesota Orchestra, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theater, and Asolo Rep. He is the creator of All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914 and Steerage Song, a docu-musical created in collaboration with Dan Chouinard. Peter was named the 2015 Artist of the Year by the Star Tribune, Theater Artist of the Year by Lavender, and Best Director by City Pages. He has received nine Ivey Awards and has been awarded grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Theatre Communications Group, the Minnesota State Arts Board and the McKnight Foundation. He holds a B. A. in Music and Theater from St. John’s University and a Master of Fine Arts in Directing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Timothy C. Takach (Music) Reviewed as “gorgeous” Washington Post and “stunning” Lawrence Journal-World, the music of Timothy C. Takach is rapidly gaining momentum in the concert world. Applauded for his melodic lines and rich, intriguing harmonies, Takach is a full-time composer and has received a number of commissions from various organizations including VocalEssence, the St. Olaf Band, Cantus, Pavia Winds, cellist Kirsten Whitson, Lorelei, The Rose Ensemble and the University of Notre Dame DeBartolo Performing Arts Center. His compositions have been performed on A Prairie Home Companion, The Boston Pops holiday tour, multiple All-State and festival programs and at venues such as the Library of Congress, Kennedy Center and Royal Opera House Muscat. Takach has been awarded grants from the American Composers Forum, Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, and the Minnesota State Arts Board and Meet the Composer, and yearly ASCAP awards since 2004. He studied Music Theory and Composition at St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN, where he graduated with honors. Takach lives in Minneapolis with his wife and two sons.

Erick Lichte (Vocal Arrangements) has been hailed by Washington Post for the “audacity” of his programming and noted by the Chicago Tribune for the “meticulous preparation” of his choirs. Fanfare Magazine declared that he created and helmed “the premier men’s vocal ensemble in the United States.”

As a founding member, singer and Artistic Director of the male vocal ensemble Cantus, Lichte created and sustained one of only two full-time vocal ensembles in the United States. His work with Cantus garnered the 2009 Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence, the highest honour from the professional choral organization Chorus America.

In January 2013, he began his tenure as Artistic Director of Vancouver BC’s Chor Leoni Men’s Choir, one of the most active and popular amateur choirs in North America. His first recording with Chor Leoni, Wandering Heart, received a perfect five-star review from the UK’s prestigious Choir and Organ Magazine, and Oregon Arts Watch has declared that, under his leadership, Chor Leoni is now “one of the best male choirs on the continent.”

Related Info

Study Guide


HISTORY, PERSPECTIVE, OPINIONS; Supplemental reading and context. Click for a Show Guide, courtesy of Theater Latté Da.


 

Talk Backs

Join the Director Sasha Brätt, Music Director Benjamin Rausch and several actors and singers from All is a Calm for a discussion on Zoom. Advanced registration required.

Two dates/times to choose from:

Wednesday, December 30th 7pm - 8pm
Register in advance for this meeting

Sunday, January 3rd, 2021 3pm - 4pm
Register in advance for this meeting

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.



Panel Discussion

Sunday December 27th 4:00PM

Moderated by West Hartford's Chuck Coursey with special guest panelists: American Folk Music Star John McCutcheon, All is Calm creator Peter Rothstein, CT’s own WWI aficionado Christine Pittsley, and Sam Kassow, a leading historian of Polish Jewry and the Holocaust.

Learn more here.



The Music of All Is Calm


Click to see a list of musical selections that you'll hear when you stream ALL IS CALM: THE CHRISTMAS TRUCE OF 1914


Operation Care Package: Stampin' For The Troops


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We are thrilled to continue our partnership with River Bend Bookshop in Glastonbury, CT! Now more than ever, it is important to support local businesses. River Bend Bookshop has curated a collection of books related to our main stage production ALL IS CALM: THE CHRISTMAS TRUCE OF 1914.

Books may be purchased online; you may pick them up in at the bookshop in Glastonbury, or they can be delivered to your home. River Bend is donating 20% of ALL IS CALM-related purchases directly to us!


Thanks to our Main Stage Series Sponsors