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by Tadeusz Slobodzianek
in an English version by Ryan Craig and inspired by the Jan Gross book, Neighbors

A Pittsburgh Premiere
April 10 – May 4, 2013
Henry Heymann Theatre, Directed by Aoife Spillane-Hinks

Music by Douglas Levine and Susanne Ortner-Roberts
Clarinetist Susanne Ortner-Roberts plays live for each performance.

Dora, Rysiek and Zygmunt; Jakub, Abram and Zocha, Heniek, Rachelka, Wladek and Menachem: 10 Polish classmates dreaming of futures as teachers and doctors, film stars or soldiers. We see them grow up to betray one another as Germany and Russia invade their country. Fear, envy and paranoia beget murder, violence, revenge, retribution and ultimately redemption.

Bob Hoover of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says, “Our Class should stand as one of the most important and meaningful plays of Pittsburgh’s theater season.” Post-Gazette Review

Alice Carter of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review says, “The cast of 10 are all talented and articulate at portraying their justifications, rationalizations and explanations for their actions or lack of action.” Pittsburgh Tribune Review

Pittsburgh City Paper’s Ted Hoover says, “Director Aoife Spillane-Hinks oversees a rock-solid production…It’s a very large cast featuring local and regional actors; I don’t have room to mention them individually, but in any case, their power (and it’s considerable) is in the collective force of their work. There are harrowing moments in the script, and this cast brings them all to heartbreaking life.” Pittsburgh City Paper

Christopher Rawson calls it “intensely moving,” “powerful” and “very effective theatre.”

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