Following a May 20 preview performance, the world premiere of Marthe Rachel Gold's War Stories officially opens May 21 at Off-Broadway's The Tank. Performances of the world premiere are scheduled through June 12 at The Tank's Proscenium Theater.
Set in New York City during World War II, the new drama presents the coming-of-age story of Ruth, a young, pro-war musician from a working-class, immigrant family whose perspective is challenged by Nat, who holds anti-war views and comes from a wealthy, industrial Jewish family.
Featured in the cast are Sophia DeLeo (Sleepy Hollow), Jorge Sánchez Díaz (The Skin of Our Teeth), Lenny Grossman (Blackbird), Maia Karo (Anarchy), Max Katz (the devil smokes American Spirits), Arlene A. McGruder (Elizabeth’s Precious Kitty), J. Ryan (Harmony in A Flat), and Kaya Simmons (Two-Fifths).
Christina Roussos directs War Stories, which features scenic design by Maryam Khosravi, costume design by Lui Konno, lighting design by Jon DeGaetano, sound design by Hannah Birch Carl, projection design by Lacey Erb, props design by Sean Devare, hair design by Skipper Silberberg-Edwards, and compositions by Zach Catron. The stage manager is TaTyana Smith, and the line producer is Frank Nicholas Poon.
Talkbacks will follow performances May 26, featuring Gold and Greg Neumann, who are both children of conscientious objectors; and June 2, featuring Professor Ruth Milkman from the CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies and CUNY Graduate Center who will speak about U.S. women workers in the 1930s and 1940s.