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June 25 - July 16, 2017
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2 p.m.

Embassy of Greece
2217 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20008


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“Broken Glass” by Arthur Miller:
Theatrical Production and Discussion
<i>Courtesy of Theater J</i>
Courtesy of Theater J

Experience a riveting psychological drama set in 1938 Brooklyn at the same time Kristallnacht is unfolding in Nazi Germany. In Broken Glass, Sylvia Gellburg has suddenly, mysteriously, become paralyzed from the waist down, and her husband, a self-denying Jew, can’t figure out why. Miller balances private and public morality in this play about being American and coming to terms with one’s own identity.

This Theater J production will feature historical content from the Museum’s collection that helps explain Americans' understanding and actions in response to the Nazi threat. In addition, three performances—June 25, July 2, and July 9—will feature post-production discussions with Museum historians. 

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts; the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts; the Fisher Family Visiting Artist Program; and by the Arthur Tracy “The Street Singer” Endowment Fund which honors the legacy of renowned singer and entertainer Arthur Tracy.

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