Incident at Vichy
April 2, 8- 9, 15-16 at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays
Sundays April 3, 10, and 17 at 2:30 p.m.
Black Box Theatre, 4th floor of the First Baptist Church, 901 Trinity Street (click for map)
Tickets are FREE. Call 512-476-2625 to reserve seats.
Starting April 2, Trinity Street Players will present Incident at Vichy, Arthur Miller’s compelling morality play about the Holocaust. Directed by Cathy Jones, the large all-male cast explores the rounding up of Jews in occupied France during World War II.
In 1942, in a make-shift detention room in Vichy, France, a group of men find themselves detained for questionable reasons. As the play unfolds, they realize the horrible truth of why they have been brought together. The setting of occupied France, at a time when many brave French citizens had joined underground groups and found ways to stymie the Nazis, adds a fresh, yet chilling dimension to this historical piece.
Miller's exploration leaves both characters and audience members with questions. Where is the guilt? Can anyone atone for the horrors? And who gets to decide what our life means, anyway?
Director Cathy Jones said Black Box Theatre's thrust stage extending into the audience “is a powerful and interactive way to present this live show. The audience is allowed to see up close human beings that we can understand and even identify with; struggling with questions and decisions we all face, eventually.”
Trinity Street Players is comprised of all volunteers. Local actors and technical staff commit a tremendous amount of time to deliver strong performances. They have been so successful in their mission, she says, the ensemble troupe now offers three shows a year in their intimate Black Box Theatre, located on the fourth floor of First Baptist Church of Austin at 901 Trinity Street in downtown Austin.