All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914
“All is Calm—a theatrical concert—feeds our need for heroes, gives space to our dreams for human nobility, allows us to approach the enigma of Christmas and puzzle over the miracle that has stopped enemies from killing each other for one day.”
– Minneapolis Star Tribune
“It’s not only an outstanding piece of musical theater, but a brilliantly executed production that understands that its power comes from its simplicity.”
– St. Paul Pioneer Press
“Peter Rothstein, Erick Lichte and their charges have given us a great gift this season, reinvesting the words ‘Peace on Earth’ with their true meaning.”
– Minneapolis Star Tribune
“All is Calm can transport audiences to parts of the heart rarely explored.”
-St. Paul Pioneer Press
December 16 - 20, 2015 | Pantages Theatre
710 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN | Running time: 75 minutes, no intermission.
By Peter Rothstein • Music Arrangements by Erick Lichte and Timothy C. Takach • Directed by Peter Rothstein • Music Direction by Erick Lichte
“What would happen I wonder, if the armies suddenly and simultaneously went on strike?”
The Western Front. Christmas. 1914. Out of the violence comes a silence, then a song. A German solider steps into No Man’s Land Singing “Stille Nacht.” Thus begins an extraordinary night of camaraderie, music and peace. This moving piece recreates an astounding moment in history when Allied and German soldiers laid down their arms to celebrate the holiday together by trading carols, sharing food and drink, playing soccer and burying the dead. In some places the truce lasted only a night, in others it endured until New Year’s Day. This dramatic re-telling contains poetry, diary entries, war documents and letters written by thirty World War I figures brought to life by 12 actors and singers. The historic documents are interspersed with iconic World War I songs and European carols. The Star Tribune calls All Is Calm "a classic to be repeated for years to come." Don't miss this award-winning, Theater Latté Da original that has been seen and heard around the globe.
A co-production with Hennepin Theatre Trust
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.”
Articles & Reviews
All Is Calm Articles and Reviews
December 24th, 2013 Written by: Claire Matthews-Lingen Published by: Twin Cities Daily Planet All Is Calm, The Christmas Truce of 1914 is a beautiful, interpretive show. All Is Calm is being preformed by Theater LatteDa at Pantages Theater in Minneapolis from Dec-19 through the 22. This show is very simple and while a little dull it was done well and had a plain elegance to it. Plus the singe...
December 19th, 2013 Written by: Dominic P. Papalota Published by: Pioneer Press Theater: All Is Calm Through Dec. 22: A few years ago, Theatre Latte Da dispensed with its goofy perennial holiday show ("A Christmas Carole Petersen") and, joining with men's vocal musical ensemble Cantus, developed this more serious-minded work. It depicts the real-life story of a spontaneous holiday truce...
December 21st, 2013 Written by: Jill Published by: www.cherryandspoon.com If you see one Christmas-themed theatrical event this year, let it be All is Calm. Unlike most Christmas shows, there is not a red and green banner, brightly wrapped present, or figgy pudding in sight. It does not present the usual frenetic cheery energy associated with the holiday. Instead it is quiet and lovely, joy...
December 19, 2013 Written by: Betsy Gabler Published by: Twin Cities Daily Planet Al Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914 is enjoying its sixth anniversary (and six performances only) from December 19-22, 2013 at the Pantages Theatre. Featuring Cantus, an accomplished vocal ensemble along with three actors, Theater Latte Da’s artistic director Peter Rothstein artfully recalls the historic...
December 19th, 2013 Written by: BWW News Desk Published by: www.broadwayworld.com All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914 opens next week, playing tonight, December 19-22, 2013 at the Pantages Theatre, 710 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN. All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914 by Peter Rothsteinfeatures music arrangements by Erick Lichte and Timothy C. Takach and will be directed by ...
Published by Star Tribune December 19, 2013 By Graydon Royce It’s Dec. 20, and there are only eight hours, 46 minutes and 11 seconds of daylight today. It gets worse on Saturday, the winter solstice. We lose another 2 seconds. But hang in there, dear friends as second by second, we will climb out of the dark. (The mind-numbing cold is another story — one measured in months, not minu...
June 25, 2013. by Graydon Royce, Star Tribune. Several people have wondered what Theater Latte Da is going to do with “Our Town” next season. First, what the company is not doing: Ned Rorem’s opera based on the Thornton Wilder classic. It will be the play, said artistic director Peter Rothstein, with all the dialogue and scenes. Behind the show, however, will be soundscapes and in...