Arne MacPherson as The Commandant (Dylan Hewlett)
"The Nazis' desire was to have the world see that things weren't that bad for the Jews, that these rumours could be quelled and that people might have a different view of the reality of the situation but the reality was actually almost like a staged play." - Michael Nathanson, artistic director, Winnipeg Jewish Theatre
Winnipeg Jewish Theatre is about to launch a new play. It's the Canadian premiere of Way to Heaven by Spanish playwright Juan Mayorga. It opens October 26 at the Berney Theatre and runs until November 6.
The play is based on the true story about a cover-up by the Nazis at the Theresienstadt concentration camp during World War II. It features a cast including Graham Ashmore, Gwendolyn Collins, Tom Keenan, Arne MacPherson, Jordan Pettle and Andraea Sartison.
Michael Nathanson is the artistic director of Winnipeg Jewish Theatre. On Sunday October 23, Michael spoke with Keran Sanders, host of CBC's Weekend Morning show. He told Keran what was different about the Theresienstadt camp, about the cover-up itself and how this play Way to Heaven tells the story. He also described how the Nazis used theatre and the arts in their propaganda.