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CAST & PRODUCTION TEAM

Alan Berman - Wolfgang Mayer

Alan plays Wolfgang, a widower with one grown-up son, Ralph. Wolfgang served in the Great War with Artur Haeutmann, and have remained friends ever since. However, unbeknownst to his friend Wolfgang is a member of the Nazi party, and after the war begins he quickly accepts a commission to become an officer serving in both Germany and Poland.

"As someone who lost the majority of my family to the Holocaust, The History of Now serves to remind us that the dark days of the past are not merely ancient history but issues that we are still dealing with today in thoughts and actions still occurring all over the world. This play challenges all of us to make sure that history does not repeat itself."

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Aleksander Papanastasopoulos - Mishka Epstein.  

Aleksander plays Mishka, a mild-mannered Polish Jewish man, whose life revolves around his wife Lili and their daughter Emma. His devotion and love become challenged when he realizes the laws imposed by the Nazis mean he can no longer protect his family. They are forced to first leave their home and they are transported to Auschwitz. 

"The History of Now, explores the universality and timelessness of the cruelest historical themes. While examining their recurringly persistent existence, it ignites the conversation on combatting them for the future."

 Alexandra Salter - Polina Rosen.

Alexandra plays Polina Rosen, a young German Jewish girl who after the death of her parents is brought up by her elder sister Eva. Polina has genuine courage and an outspoken attitude beyond her young years. This inspirational character will take you on a rollercoaster of emotions as she touches your hearts and minds with her compelling journey  

"The History of Now is an existential look into how history repeats itself time and again, and the toll it takes on the human soul."

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Amanda Stamm - Eva Rosen

Amanda plays Eva Rosen the eldest sister of Helena. Since the death of their parents, Eva became a guardian to her stubborn sibling.  She runs the family business a grocery store in Berlin. Eva is becoming fearful of the growing influence of the Nazis and the growing restrictions being imposed.  

 

"The history of now is an infinite story which illustrates ignorance, bias, racism, and bigotry making time appear irrelevant; comparing the truth of the Holocaust with what's we face today." 

 Andrew Igersheimer - Hans Kelper.  

Hans finds that joining and becoming a member of the Nazi Brown Shirts brings him notoriety beyond his usual average existence. He takes claim to the fear his uniform brings him, using it to bully and act without the fear of consequence. His newly released hatred of Jews brings him into direct conflict with Karl Muller. To complicate things further, Hans has started dating Karl's sister Heidi.

"The play sheds light on the past, present, and future of what things can happen and history repeats itself. If we are not able to recognize or identify then we will not be able to correct it and protect future generations."

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Dan Mauro - Artur Haeutmann.  

Dan plays Artur Haeutmann, the father of young Krystyna. His warm loving nature is that of a loving husband and father, a complete family man who sees his work as a cobbler as functionality that enables his family to enjoy the simple necessities of life. However, his positive outlook is tested to the full when he realized that he can longer protect his family. the restrictions and race-profiling that leads him to make a heart-breaking decision.

 Dan Mauro - Ernest Schumann.  

Cory plays Ernest Schumann whose son has "Cerebral Palsy" and is cared for in a state-run hospital.  His wife Ana receives a letter requesting that they report to Gestapo Headquarters. Believing that it is related to their mixed-race marriage Ana (Aryan) Ernest (Jewish) they are shocked to discover during the meeting that it is about their son David.  

"History of Now’ reminds us we have always been a people of sympathy and passivity without telling us how to grow to be more than that, only that we must."

Emilee Martichenko - Young Heidi Muller.  

Emilee plays Heidi Muller the granddaughter of Dr. Otto Muller, a sweet gentle girl with a warm smile and disposition. However, upon meeting Hans Kelper, a Nazi Brown Shirt she is thrown into conflict with her family, her upbringing, and herself. This simple, innocent flirtation becomes part of a sinister chapter in history that highlights the fragile simplicity of society to fall under the dark cloud of hate, bigotry greed, and power.

"History of Now challenges us as individuals and a collective to confront the darkest yet most resilient facets of the human experience. It is as gripping in its honesty as it is unyielding in its call for universal human betterment." 

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Eric Slodysko - Josef Perl

Josef is a gentle loving man who has recently become a father. He has an optimistic nature and is happy to reassure those around him. However, he eventually finds himself with his family relocated to a ghetto and one evening on returning home he is stopped by three uniformed soldiers/guards Hans Kelper, Ralph Mayer & Heidi Muller!  

"History of Now is a beautifully written and engaging play that challenges the viewer to confront hard realities existing today in order to present viable solutions tomorrow."

Georgia Kate Haege - Ashley Carter

Georgia's character is known as "the wall" the irremovable hardline that complements perfectly her role as Project Manager, However, this quantitive/statistical career-driven woman comes into conflict with Melissa O'Donnell, the project, and her own hidden feelings! Her character is the direct link between the audience and the story.

"History of Now is a stark and beautifully honest play of our joined human history. History that should not be forgotten, is a history that unfortunately is repeating. It is a truth that at times difficult to see but still must be told. As bright reporters develop a story about the Holocaust, they can’t help but see how today's events are frightening repeats of history we all think could not be forgotten."
 

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 Herut Ashkenazi - Zuzanna Haeutmann.  

Herut plays Zuzanna Haeutmann, the mother of Krystyna, her ethic of hard work and discipline are the backbone of the Heautmann household. Krystyna's dreamlike state of mind is often a frustration to her mother who responds harshly, however, the underlying love for her daughter becomes crystal clear as the narrative develops.

 Herut - Kazia Moscowicz  

Herut plays Zuzanna Haeutmann, the mother of Krystyna, her ethic of hard work and discipline are the backbone of the Heautmann household. Krystyna's dreamlike state of mind is often a frustration to her mother who responds harshly, however, the underlying love for her daughter becomes crystal clear as the narrative develops.

"It’s a mirror, a ripple, an echo from the past. A story that dismantles time to reveal haunted undercurrents of racism, fear, and intolerance that pervade our lives today as much as in the past. Can it ever end?"

 Isabel Bertelsen  - Florica Tsgani

Isabel plays the quiet unassuming young Gypsey girl who recently saw her Father and Mother taken to the gas chambers of Auschwitz. Originally from Germany, her family fled toward Hungary believing it would be safe, however, they fell under the spreading shadow that brought them into the camp of death. A brief meeting with Krystyna Haeutmann delays the inevitable. 

"The History of Now is a play that connects the Holocaust to events today. It explores the idea of evil and humanity that lives within it."

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Janelle Meghan - Melissa O'Donnell.
 
This is Jenelle, who plays Melissa O'Donnell a quiet unassuming research/journalist. She is the voice of discontentment and openly challenges the worn-out facts of history next to the ongoing events of the present day! This character will ask the questions you have always wanted to ask! 

"Let your mind expand and explore into uncharted territory, where emotions are not bound by preconceived notions nor limitations of bold truths. Come out of The History of Now experience with new lenses in which to view humanity and our world."

 Jeffrey Rossman - Dr. Otto Muller

This is Jeffrey Rossman. His character of Dr. Otto Muller, a grandfather to Heidi and Karl. He became their legal guardian after the untimely death of their parents (His daughter). With the rise and influence of the right-wing in Germany, he becomes under pressure to find the balance between protecting his vulnerable teenage grandchildren and putting them at risk by going against the feverish tide of Nazism, as freedom of choice and speech are eradicated from society
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 Jeffrey Rossman - Jacob Mautner

This is Jeffrey Rossman. His character of Dr. Otto Muller, a grandfather to Heidi and Karl. He became their legal guardian after the untimely death of their parents (His daughter). With the rise and influence of the right-wing in Germany, he becomes under pressure to find the balance between protecting his vulnerable teenage grandchildren and putting them at risk by going against the feverish tide of Nazism, as freedom of choice and speech are eradicated from society.

"Unearthing the dark and hateful recesses of the American psyche to discover if there is light and goodness and, if so, how to use the latter to defeat the former."

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Jessica Hakim - Young Krystyna Haeutmann

This is Jessica who plays young Krystyna, a young Jewish girl growing up in Berlin during the 1930s. However, if we remove the stain of historical context, we witness a dreamer, a girl lost in great works of literature. Her warm smile and bubbly character reflect those of our own children and bring us closer to the narrative of her life and story.

"The History of Now is a look inward as well as towards society and its inherent issues."

Johanna R. Griesè - Ashley Carter

Johanna's character is known as "the wall" the irremovable hardline that complements perfectly her role as Project Manager, However, this quantitive/statistical career-driven woman comes into conflict with Melissa O'Donnell, the project, and her own hidden feelings! Her character is the direct link between the audience and the story.

"‘The History of Now’ makes clear that learning from the past is not enough - we must learn AND make changes in the here and now. I hope this play is a call to action to those who see it, to get involved in making positive change.“ 

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Kristyn Koczur - Older Heidi Muller.  

Kristyn plays the now elderly lady Heidi, in her late nineties she discusses her life, choices, and responsibilities before, during, and after the war/holocaust. Insightful and at times disturbing she opens up a narrative that magnifies the fragile line between right and wrong. Her story arch from a young sweet innocent and naive girl to a solemn cold-eyed elderly human being." 

 

"A perspective on the Holocaust through the eyes of the survivors. An outcry around the world "This cannot happen again" Or can it? Is history repeating itself?"

 Kakra Nunoo Brown - Amber Flowers

This is Kakra Nunoo Brown who plays research journalist Amber Flowers. Amber was present at the failed insurrection at the Capitol Building in Washington. Her bubbly personality and. positive attitude hides a deep concern of what she witnessed alongside her own family history.

"This play is meant to give the audience the power to understand ourselves. Why are we trying to understand? We fear what we don’t understand.  The world capitalizes on our differences in order to push political agendas, gain power, or make money. If we were to understand why we truly hate each other, we’ll realize that we actually don’t. Scary thought, isn’t it?"

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Natasa Babic - Ashley Carter

Natasa's character is known as "the wall" the irremovable hardline that complements perfectly her role as Project Manager, However, this quantitive/statistical career-driven woman comes into conflict with Melissa O'Donnell, the project, and her own hidden feelings! Her character is the direct link between the audience and the story.

"History of Now is a stark and beautifully honest play of our joined human history. History that should not be forgotten, a history that unfortunately is repeating. It is a truth that at times difficult to see still must be told. As bright reporters develop a story about the Holocaust, they can’t help but see how today's events are frightening repeats of history we all think could not be forgotten."
 

 Nick Freedson - Mishka Epstein

Nick plays Mishka, a mild-mannered Polish Jewish man, whose life revolves around his wife Lili and their daughter Emma. His devotion and love become challenged when he realizes the laws imposed by the Nazis mean he can no longer protect his family. They are forced to first leave their home and they are transported to Auschwitz. 

"The History of Now is a tapestry of experiences, interwoven to form a journey of wisdom, heartbreak, and resilience. Told through the eyes of Ms. Krystyna Haeutmann, a survivor of The Holocaust, this theatre piece encourages us to acknowledge the discomfort of the past and present in order to move forward with humility, dignity, and a vision to do better."

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Noreen Crayton  - Narrator.
 

 

Rosa Pill - Melissa O'Donnell.
 
This is Rosa Pill, who plays Melissa O'Donnell a quiet unassuming research/journalist. She is the voice of discontentment and openly challenges the worn-out facts of history next to the ongoing events of the present day! This character will ask the questions you have always wanted to ask! 

"Let your mind expand and explore into uncharted territory, where emotions are not bound by preconceived notions nor limitations of bold truths. Come out of The History of Now experience with new lenses in which to view humanity and our world."

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Sarah McGuire - Ana Schumann.  

Sarah plays Ana wife of Ernest, she is a strong outspoken woman who faces being ostracized by her community for being married to a Jewish man at a time when it is a 'Race crime."  We see her passion and love for her son when she is informed that he has been killed as part of the "Euthanasia Program" 

"History of Now is a timely piece of theater that we need to see. It makes you think, reflect, and might make you a little uncomfortable. But the best theater should do just that!"

 Stephen Hyatt - Karl Muller
 

Stephen plays Karl Muller brother of Heidi, he is a sensible, down-to-earth young man who is proud of his family and of being German. However, his loyalty to both is tested by current events. After joining the army he finds himself in Eastern Europe as part of an Einsatzgruppen (Killing Squad). He witnesses the murder of men, women & children to the point of questioning whether he can go on. After another day of killing he bursts... "This is not war, it is murder, and we not only stain the ground with the blood but also our children, and their children with these inhumane crimes of which we are all guilty" It begs the question where do that guilt and responsibility begin and end?

"Our production serves as a powerful visual reminder of the atrocities and ignorance of the powerful few throughout history that have disparaged and condemned the many they don't understand. By resurrecting these past horrific events we hope to illuminate the need for humanity as one to cultivate love, embrace diversity, and plant new seeds of hope in the viewer's mind that we can change as a society."

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Tova Hopemark - Lili Epstein.

Tova plays Lili Epstein a devoted wife and mother to Mishka and their daughter. Living in Warsaw after the occupation life becomes harder. Lili tries hard to keep the family home safe and normal, until her husband one day announces that all Jews are to be marked, from this moment everything changes. This leads to the family losing their home, and their identity but never their love for one another!  

"The History of Now confronts our collective humanity with moral questions the"rough an investigation of the past. It asks, are we capable as a society to learn from our mistakes?"

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 Yvonne Brechbuhler- Ms. Krystyna Haeutmann.  

This is Yvonne who plays the elderly Holocaust survivor Ms. Krystyna Haeutmann. On agreeing to be interviewed, her words release the experiences she has kept silent for over seventy years. The dust-laden images she creates with her well-chosen words document a time period that clearly outlines many issues inherent in today's world. However, the eloquence of her words is merely a backdrop to the realization that they are delivered without anger, of which she says "anger is blinding, and leads us to become part of the problem, instead of the solution. That is the first lesson we must learn.

"This engaging, powerful, and insightful piece of immersive theater casts a shining light through the dark shadows of the past and present that offers hope for ourselves and future generations!" 

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Emily Savona

Social & Multimedia Manager

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Vidal Maraj 

Set Designer

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Tina Mitchell

Movement Coach

 Will Van Moss - Ralph Mayer

Will plays Ralph, a quiet ordinary young German who is studying law, he has no interest in Politics and keeps himself away from the growing Nazi Party. On January 30th on returning home, he witnesses a torchlight procession celebrating Hitler becoming Chancellor. At the outbreak of war, his studies are interrupted and he becomes a soldier in the German Infantry.  He eventually after being injured he finds himself working as a guard in Auschwitz!

“A bold piece of theater that analyzes human cruelty throughout the last 200 years, breaking it down to its core and emphasizing individual responsibility in acts of violence against others.”

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Mike Walsh

Dialect Coach

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Alberto Bellavia

Music Composer

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Darren Berry

Graphic Designer

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Lisa Kropp

Musical Vocal Director

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Jayson Bartlett

Writer & Director

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Christiana Toole

Production Manager

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Samantha Simone

Producer