ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT will receive its New York Premiere October 1-25, 2009 at The Marjorie S. Deane Little Theater ( 5 West 64th Street @ Central Park West)
THE REVIEWS ARE IN!
"A SIGNIFICANT SERIOUS AND INTENSELY MOVING NEW WORK BY A PROVEN BROADWAY PLAYWRIGHT...A SHOW THAT'S BOTH RUMINATIVE AND REVELATORY, SMART AND EMOTIVE, IMMERSIVE AND DISTANCING. AND MOST IMPRESSIVE OF ALL, THIS IS A PLAY WITH ENOUGH DARING TO LOOK AT THE POLARITIES OF WAR WITH A STRONG SENSE OF THE COMPLEXITY OF HUMAN LIMITATIONS...IT'S A VERY SMART AND YET STRIKINGLY SYMPATHETIC PROBING OF AN AGE-OLD SOCIEO-POLITICAL QUESTIONS. WHEN TOTALITARIAN AND/OR AUTHORITARIAN REGIMES--RISE TO POWER, WHY DO MOST ORDINARY PEOPLE DO NOTHING TO STOP THEM? ...LAURO IS A SKILLED STRUCTURALIST...A COMPELLING NEW PLAY."
Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune
"FILLED WITH CRISP WRITING, FULLY DEVELOPED CHARACTERS TELLING THE NEGLECTED STORIES OF GENTILE GERMAN WOMEN DURING THE RISE AND FALL OF THE NAZI REGIME...THE RESULT [IS] REMAKABLE. SELDOM HAVE I SEEN SUCH A POLISHED, SMARTLY CONSTRUCTED WORK FLOW AS NICELY IN A WORLD PREMIERE...ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT IS ONE OF THE FINEST NEW WORKS SHOWN ON A CHICAGO STAGE IN SEVERAL YEARS...THESE STORIES, SO RICH IN DRAMA AND EMOTION, SO WONDERFULLY WRITTEN...FLOWS SMOOTHLY, CONTAINS EMPATHETIC CHARACTERS...ALL THE REASONS WE GO TO SEE THEATRE. THIS PLAY IS A TRIUMPH FOR SHIRLEY LAURO...SEE THIS SHOW."
"STIRRING TO WATCH...THE PLAY IS FILLED WITH ENGROSSING MOMENTS...EVOKES THE SENSE OF SUFFOCATING TERROR THAT SATURATED THE NAZI REGIME, CULTIVATED BETRAYAL IN THE NAME OF PATRIOTISM...RISES TO LEVELS OF HIGH DRAMA THAT STIR[S] THE VIEWER..."
Dan Zeff, Copley News Service
ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT
OVERVIEW OF THE PLAY:
ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT speaks directly with a warning for today. Set during and after the Third Reich, a stylistic, surrealistic play inspired by interviews with German Gentile women. The play sweeps from their teen years through adulthood during the Holocaust and beyond. The Nazi Regime impacts the women's lives as they struggle over work, religion, marriage and motherhood. Making overwhelmingly hard choices, they survive or succumb to Hitler's Reign and are changed forever.
A sylistic, surrealistic play. Minimal set. Minimal props. An unconventional timeframe that jumps a chronological order.
WORLD PREMIERE 2005
Chicago Jewish Theatre, IL
2007 Ensemble Studio Theatre
2007 Culture Project, New York City
2007 Ensemble Studio Theatre, "Project 35", New York City.
2006 Traveling Jewish Theatre, Ashby Stages, Berkeley, CA
2006 Traveling Jewish Theatre, San Francisco, CA
2006 Culture Project and at Ensemble Studio Theatre’s “Project 35”, New York City.
2005 Staged Reading
Theatre J, Washington, DC,
2004, Screen Door Festival of Staged Readings
Ensemble Studio Theatre, NYC
2003 New Theatre, Coral Gables, FL
New Play Staged Reading Series.
2003, Ensemble Studio Theatre
OCTOBERFEST NEW PLAY FESTIVAL
with Roberta Maxwell
2002, The Abingdon Playhouse, NYC
Developmental Second Draft Staged Reading
2002, The Actors Studio, NYC
Abrams Artists Agency
275 Ninth Ave., 26th Floor
New York, NY 10001