All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914
December 17 - 21, 2014
CLOSED DEC. 21
By Peter Rothstein • Music Arrangements by Erick Lichte and Timothy C. Takach • Directed by Peter Rothstein
A co-production of Cantus, Theater Latté Da and Hennepin Theatre Trust.
The Western Front, Christmas, 1914. Out of the violence comes a silence, then a song. A German soldier steps into No Man's Land singing "Stille Nacht." Thus begins an extraordinary night of camaraderie, music, peace. A remarkable true story, told in the words of the men who lived it.
Peter Rothstein on the creation of All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914: “I am interested in creating performance where the content dictates the form. In the creative process I continually ask myself: If the characters were left to their own devices, how would they tell their story? What language, what tools were available to them? There was our answer – radio. Radio was critical to military operations; it was the primary means of mass communication and mass entertainment. Our piece would be a radio musical drama, using only the tools of radio: music and text. The music ranges from trench songs to patriotic and sentimental tunes, as well as Christmas music from the participating countries. The text is taken from a wide range of sources including letters, journals, official war documents, poetry, grave stone inscriptions – even an old radio broadcast.”
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.
Director: Peter Rothstein
Lighting Designer: Marcus Dilliard
Production Manager: Dylan Wright
Stage Manager: Lisa M. Smith
Technical Director: Shawn Nicholson
Sound Consultant: Steve Barnett
Stage Management Intern: Josh Helgeson
Zachary Colby, tenor
Aaron Humble, tenor
Blake Morgan, tenor
Paul John Rudoi, tenor
Shahzore Shah, tenor
Matthew Goinz, baritone
Matthew Tintes, baritone
Chris Foss, bass
Samuel Green, bass