Now through November 16, The Colonial Players Inc. of Annapolis is continuing its 71st season with the fall production of Lillian Garret-Groag’s “The White Rose,” directed by Alex Brady.
While there are many infamous names associated with Germany in the 1940s, many people may be unfamiliar with Sophie Scholl. “The White Rose” follows the true story of Sophie and a group of German students at the University of Munich, who chose to actively resist the Nazi regime at great personal cost. Anonymously publishing pamphlets under the title of “The White Rose,” they distributed them throughout Germany and Austria from 1942 to 1943.
The audience will be led into a complex tale filled with questions of loyalty, patriotism, and what it means to stand up for what you believe. “The White Rose” is an intense and devastating drama confronting a reality that should never be forgotten.
First-time director Alex Brady directs the show not just through a historical lens but through a personal one as well, being of German descent. Brady grew up hearing the stories of his grandmother’s youth during war in Germany and found himself often grappling with his own questions of what it means to be German in a post-Nazi world. Just as one character confronts her ideas of loyalty and allegiance to the Reich, so too has this production allowed Brady to confront his own family’s role in the Nazi occupation, raising a question that rings perhaps louder today than in recent memory: “What would I have done?”
“The White Rose” offers a night of powerful, gripping theater. Performances run October 25 through November 16 and are held Thursdays through Sundays at a historic theater-in-the-round in the heart of downtown Annapolis. Tickets for “The White Rose” are $23 for adults and $18 for seniors, students and military members. Tickets can be purchased online at tickets.thecolonialplayers.org or by calling the box office at 410-268-7373.
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