A Bright Room Called Day
by Tony Kushner
Directed by Genevieve Bennett
About the Show
Tony Kushner’s A Bright Room Called Day follows Agnes and her friends, a group of artists living in Berlin as the democracy of the Weimar Republic gives way to fascism and the rise of the Nazi party. As the Nazis wins seats in parliament, the Reichstag burns, labor unions are disbanded and the first camps are constructed, Agnes and her friends struggle to navigate the uncharted territory of their time. Though outraged and shocked, they struggle against the inertia of helplessness and fatigue that threatens to stall them in the face of the evil that is sweeping their country.
Americans are living in a volatile and disturbing political and social climate, and much like Agnes and her friends, many are struggling to figure out how to respond. When placed against the backdrop of the Trump administration, A Bright Room Called Day functions as a cautionary tale about the temptation of inaction in the face of fear mongering, nationalism and lies. We join with the character of Zillah, who frames the play and speaks to us from the present, to decry the injustices and challenges to our democracy that are cropping up all around us Red Bird Theatre believes that art is either responding to the world or it is not. Not responding is not an option for us.
Coming to the stage in 2019!
In collaboration with Twin Cities favorites:
Barbra Berlovitz, Paul de Cordova, Leif Jurgensen, Brian Goranson, Delta Rae Giordano, Alex Hathaway, Kalen Rainbow Keir, Jonah O’Hara-David, Kimberly Richardson, Sara Richardson, and Siddeeqah Shabazz