Truce Story

December 2010.By Minnesota Monthly.

It’s not a sexy story. No one gets the girl or even a Red Ryder BB gun. And, for the most part, no one dies–which is very much the point of Theater Latté Da’s unlikely holiday hit All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914, staged from December 16 to 19 at the Pantages Theatre. Sung and spoken by the Cantus chorus, it’s the remarkable true story of one winter night on the Western Front of World War I, when a German soldier stride into No Man’s Land singing Stille Nacht, spurring an impromptu Christmas celebration between enemies. It didn’t end the war, but the demonstration of commonalities trumping differences remains as powerful now as then.