Photos by Ken Ek and Brendon Votipka
In Face Forward: Growing Up in Nazi Germany, young people growing up in the third reich struggle to claim their identities and transition into adulthood while confronting questions about ethics, family, and self-perception. Marian’s father wants to hide a Jewish family, but Marian just wants to fit in. Ernst joins the Hitler Youth but has trouble fully embracing the lifestyle. Rebecca endures discrimination from teachers and students for her Jewish heritage. No answers come easily as these three characters experience ordinary growing pains in the face of extraordinary historical tragedy.
Face Forward: Growing Up in Nazi Germany has been produced in Chandler, Arizona; Gilbert, Arizona; Denver, Colorado; Barnesville, Georgia; New Hampton, Iowa; Princeton, Maine; Gorham, Maine; Harrisonville, Missouri; Cherry Hill, New Jersey; Freehold, New Jersey; Madison, New Jersey; Washington, New Jersey; New York City, New York; Springfield, Oregon; Allentown, Pennsylvania; Bethlehem, Pennsylvania; Parker, South Dakota; Bluefield, Virginia; Saltville, Virginia; Bothell, Washington; and Rochland, Washington. As well as Canadian productions in Abbotsford, British Colombia; Corner Brooke, Newfoundland; Chatham, Ontario; and Windsor, Ontario.
under the title “PERSISTENCE: MOMENTS OF YOUTH IN THE THIRD REICH”
Playwright/Director: Brendon Votipka
Asst. Director: Kaitlin Nemeth.
Starring: Nina Giacobbe, Samantha Sembler, Kelli Gill, Will Truscott, and Ethan Sachs.
Production Ensemble and Swings: Maggie Robertson, Rachel Lang, Riley Andrews, Ryan Rosenblatt and Jesse Schellenger.