2009, August 22—“A Journey to Kreisau” – Kracow
With support from the German Consulate in Kracow, “A Journey to Kreisau” is presented at the Galicia Jewish Museum, in English. Several representatives from the German Consulate are in the audience and reaction is excellent. See flyer (.pdf)
2008, April 9-13—“A Journey to Kreisau” – Boston
With the support of the German Consulate in Boston, this play was presented for five performances at Boston Playwrights’ Theatre. See information flyer (pdf).
2008, March 14—“A Journey to Kreisau” – Berlin
With support from the Club von Berlin, the 20 Juli 1944 Foundation, and the Freya von Moltke Foundation for the New Kreisau, Marc’s play is presented in Berlin at the Mendelssohn Remise, with the same cast of actors from the Hamburg performance. Marc and Susan again travel to Germany for the performance.
2008, February 18, 19, 20—“A Journey to Kreisau” – U.S. Premiere, Worcester, Massachusetts
With its American cast of five actors, “A Journey to Kreisau” is presented for three performances, at the Worcester Hibernian Cultural Centre. Among those in attendance is the Boston German Consul General, Wolfgang Vorwerk. He is so moved by the play that he wishes to have it seen in Boston. The Consulate sponsors a five-performance run at Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, April 9-13. See information flyer (.doc).
2007, October, November—“A Journey to Kreisau” – Kreisau/Krzyzowa and Lodz, Poland
The same troupe of actors from the debut of the play in Hamburg, perform on the grounds of Kreisau/Krzyzowa, and in Lodz, where the play is part of commencement weekend events at the Academy affiliated with Clark University.
2007, March 7–“A Journey to Kreisau” – International Premiere, Hamburg
With a cast of five actors—four German and one British, performing in English, “A Journey to Kreisau” has its international premiere for a capacity audience at St. Nikolai Lutheran Church. This is one of several events over four days in Hamburg and Berlin, commemorating what would have been Helmuth James von Moltke’s 100th birthday. Moltke’s son, Helmuth Caspar, is in the audience and makes introductory remarks prior to the play’s performance. The play receives an extended ovation and positive feedback from many. Susan and Marc Smith travel to Germany for these events.
On Sunday, March 11, in Berlin, a memorial service at the French Huguenot Church was followed by a concert at the Gendarmenmarkt concert hall, featuring a youth orchestra and adult chorus of more than 200 musicians and singers performing Mahler’s 2nd Symphony; prior to the concert, introductory remarks honoring Helmuth James von Moltke are presented by German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Read Angela Merkel’s remarks
2005, January 24, 25 & February 14—“A Journey to Kreisau” – previews
A three-city series of preview staged readings is presented. Readings are at Foothills Theatre in Worcester, MA; at Boston Playwrights’ Theatre; and at Smith College, Northampton, MA. Members of the von Moltke family are in attendance at each of the readings and all participate in the Q & A sessions following the readings—Helmuth Caspar von Moltke (Freya’s elder son) attends the Foothills Theatre reading; Veronica Jochum von Moltke (Freya’s sister-in-law) comes to the Boston reading; and Freya von Moltke herself attends the reading at Smith College.
For Production Rights
For inquiries regarding rights to produce either A Journey to Kreisau or Karski, please e-mail Susan L. Smith.
From the playwright: Both plays were specifically written to be presented in the format of staged readings. Actors are at music stands or lecterns, with scripts in front of them. They are dressed in street clothes, and there are no sets, props, special lighting effects or sound effects. Lights may be focused on one, several, or all the actors, as per the director. Actors may sit, stand, or move about as per the director. It is up to the words of the script and to the actors to create in the minds of the audience the visualization of the characters and events of the times.