L.A. Theatre Works
Judgment At Nuremberg
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
7:30 PM • Rudder Theatre
As the world commemorates the 75th anniversary of World War II, L.A. Theatre Works tours one of the great courtroom dramas of the last century: JUDGMENT AT NUREMBERG. Originally a riveting teleplay, now it is an Academy Award winning film and stage play that is both surprising and unsettling. Ostensibly, the American-led tribunals were formed to prosecute those accused of war crimes committed during WWII against Jews, Gypsies, homosexuals, people who were mentally and physically handicapped, and those considered inferior to the Aryan Race. But the themes explored in the play cover much broader and deeper ground: how compassion can become secondary to the rule of law; how human rights are compromised during times of conflict; and how politics plays a role in dealing with genocide – issues which remain relevant today. In this absorbing and complex drama, a cast of unforgettable characters play out their high-stakes game against the backdrop of a looming Cold War, shifting political alliances, and the shocking and vivid memories of the Holocaust and World War II.
John Vickery as Judge Ernst Janning (the primary defendant). Vickery is a veteran of numerous Broadway productions and is a regular presence on television. He originated the role of Scar in The Lion King on Broadway and had roles in the runs of The Real Thing and The Sisters Rosensweig. He’s been a regular and a guest on dozens of television shows including Babylon 5, The Medium, NCIS, NYPD Blue, Frasier, and Modern Family.
Josh Clark plays the chief prosecutor Colonel Parker. He’s a well-recognized television actor with recent roles on True Detective, Mad Men, Murder in the First, and Grey’s Anatomy. The defense attorney Oscar Rolfe will be played by the young actor Matthew Floyd Miller and Judge Haywood will be played by Kip Gilman who has four decades of television and film credits including; Trapper John MD, The Rockford Files, Columbo, Laverne & Shirley, and CSI:Miami.
Also in the cast are Ron Bottitta whose credits include Lost and Alias on television and the films Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End and Transformers: Dark of the Moon and Shannon Holt who has been seen on stage with The Actor’s Gang, Indiana Rep., and at the Humana Festival with the Actor’s Theater of Louisville as well as in the films Bob Roberts and Jelly and the television shows Seinfeld, That 70’s Show, and ER.
Also featured in the cast are Dylan Jones and Jeff Gardner.
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