Switching Roles, Taking Sides

Switching Roles, Taking Sides


Live Theater playreading
Taking Sides
Thu-Sun, Mar 5–8, 3pm
150 pesos

Documentary and Discussion
Mexico: The Train to the Promised Land
Wed, Mar 11, 3pm
70 pesos

Live Concert
“Frans Bloem: Kabarett Beyond Borders”
Fri and Sat, Mar 13 and 14, 5pm
250 pesos

Live Presentation
“The Power of the Feminine in San Miguel”
Sun, Mar 15, 3pm
150 pesos

All events at the Shelter Theater

By John Wharton

You won’t want to miss a major theatrical event as the play reading of Taking Sides features San Miguel’s own John Wharton and Jim Wright as the American prosecutor and his beleaguered German foe in Ronald Harwood’s 1995 masterpiece. On Thursday and Saturday, John Wharton will play Major Arnold, and Jim Wright will play Herr Furtwengler; on Friday and Sunday, these accomplished actors will switch roles with Wright playing Arnold and Wharton playing Furtwengler! For those curious to experience both versions, ask about our special discount at the box office.

The time is 1946 and Berlin is in rubble. For the victorious Americans the hardest part lies ahead: how to rid Germany of the hideous Nazi ideology? The “deNazification” is the job of an American officer tasked with digging out Nazis-in-hiding who now, predictably, deny any participation in Hitler’s evil.

One such closet monster may be Germany’s most respected conductor, a man of immense dignity who swears his only allegiance is to his music. Herr Furtwengler insists his honor is intact despite the Nazi elites’ best efforts to seduce him. But Major Arnold thinks he smells a Nazi rat and is determined to get him to confess his sins and blackball him from Germany’s reconstruction.

It’s a powerful post-mortem of the Holocaust showing another aspect of how decency was restored to war torn Europe, showcasing some of San Miguel’s finest talent. Says Curtain Up is, “Satisfying because it fully engages its audience, leaving them with food for thought that extends well beyond the evening’s proceedings.”

On Friday and Saturday, March 13 and 14, is “Kabarett Beyond Borders.” Frans Bloem award-winning cabaret artist from Holland and New York returns to San Miguel to Shelter theater with some surprising guest performers. Cabaret Scene writes of Frans, “A riveting show with a passion that binds the audience to him.” Please join us for an unforgettable evening of authentic European ‘kabarett’! Visit www.sheltervg4.com for map, events, and online tickets. Tickets available at Biblioteca gift shop and online at www.sheltervg4.com.