Provocative drama at Fairfield U: Jewish officers assigned to protect anti-Semite
"The Visitor," a play by Carol K. Mack about an outspoken anti-Semite in New York City and the Jewish police officers assigned to him -- documenting a true story -- will be performed at 8 p.m. March 19 in Fairfield University's Wien Experimental Theatre at the Quick Center, 1073 North Benson Road.
The play centers around the police officers assigned in 1895 to protect Herr Ahlwardt, an anti-Semitic member of the Reichstag who came from Berlin with the announced purpose of "preaching against the Jews," according to a news release.
Theodore Roosevelt, the city's police commissioner at the time, assigned the officers at Ahlwardt's demand to be his bodyguards and protect his right to freedom of speech.
The play, free and open to the public and co-sponsored by the university's Bennett Center for Judaic Studies and the American Studies Program, will be performed by an all-professional cast, the release states. It will be directed by Martha S. LoMonaco, professor of visual and performing arts.
To write the play, Mack, who lives in Weston, received a commission from Theatre J and the Foundation for Jewish Culture and help from members of the Shomrim Society, an organization of New York Police Department's Jewish members.
Mack's plays, which have been performed worldwide, include "Territorial Rites," "Postcards," "Esther," and "A Safe Place." In 2006, Mack conceived and organized a documentary theater piece in connection with Vital Voices Global Partnership, a non-governmental organization that develops and connects women leaders in 80 countries. With a group of women playwrights, they created the collaborative documentary theater piece "Seven," which has been translated into 16 languages thus far.
Seating is limited. To reserve complimentary tickets, call the Bennett Center at 203-254-4000, ext. 2066.