Expats Theater will present Christmas Eve – a gripping thriller by German-Austrian playwright and novelist Daniel Kehlmann, translated by Christopher Hampton.
It’s Christmas Eve. Arrested by the police on her way to a holiday dinner, a philosophy professor finds herself in an interrogation room. A hard-nosed senior officer accuses her of planning a midnight bombing and presents incriminating evidence against her. Is there a bomb attack imminent? Or is this a case of state paranoia? As the two adversaries clash over the conflict between national security and civil liberties, passionately discussing the political system, the threat of terrorism, global poverty and academic freedom, time is running out.
Performances: March 17-April 10, 2022. Thu, Fri, Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sunday morning 2:30 p.m.
Location: Atlas Performing Arts Center, Lab 2, 1333 H St NE, Washington, DC
Cast: Danielle Davy (Judith) and Stephen Patrick Martin (Thomas)
Director: Karin Rosnizeck
Decor: Nadir Bey
Lights and projections: Hailey LaRoe
Director: Laura Schlachtmeyer
Sound design: Laura Schlachtmeyer and Karin Rosnizeck
Tickets and info: https://www.atlasarts.org/events/expats-theatre-christmas-eve/ and www.ExPatsTheatre.com
Covid security: Proof of vaccination or negative test result and wearing of mask required. For updates, please visit Atlas Covid Protocol https://www.atlasarts.org/about/#health-and-safety
Special events during the Christmas Eve race:
1) Sunday March 20 after the morning: post-show discussion with the actors (Danielle Davy, Stephen Martin) and the director (Karin Rosnizeck) on the themes and challenges of the play
2) Sunday March 27 after the morning: Panel of experts Civil Liberties in the Age of Terrorism. Panelists: Jay Stanley, Senior Policy Analyst, American Civil Liberties Union and Catrina Doxsee, Center for Strategic and International Studies
3) German-Austrian Night, Thursday March 31, 7:30 p.m. Special guests: Anke Popper, Cultural Attaché of the German Embassy, Dr. Johannes Aigner, Director of the Austrian Cultural Forum.
Christmas Eve is Expats Theater’s fourth production (after Pankrác 45 by Martina Kinská, Surfacing by Julya Rabinowich and Einstein’s Wife by Snezana Dnjidic). The Theater is a 501(c)(3) company founded by Karin Rosnizeck and is dedicated to connecting people across cultures through theater and the performing arts. Expats Theater focuses on new works (often in translation) by contemporary international playwrights.