Streaming Production Invokes The Nuremberg Trials

by Mat Dirjish

Based in Union Township, NJ, The Theater Project will present a live streaming production of playwright Joseph Vitale’s “The Interpreter” from November 4 to 7, 2021 and from November 11 to 14, 2021. Inspired by the real-life experiences of Richard Sonnenfeldt, chief interpreter at the Nuremberg trials, the play is a work of fiction. It depicts the complex relationship between a Jewish US Army interpreter and Hermann Goering, the top Nazi on trial for war crimes.

Surrounded by guards, Hermann Goering testifies during the Nuremberg trials. Possible interactions between a young, Jewish interpreter assigned to the trials and Goering is the basis of The Theater Project’s thought-provoking live streaming of ‘The Interpreter’, November 4-14. –Photo courtesy of the Robert H. Jackson Center

Playwright Vitale explains, “At the same time that Allies were trying Nazis for crimes against humanity, prejudice and intolerance were rampant on our side. What The Interpreter does, I hope, is to remind us that the virus of hatred lies at the core of humanity itself. By recognizing that fact, and giving voice to it, perhaps we can assure that unspeakable acts won’t someday be perpetrated in our name as well.”

Again, the play runs from November 4 to 7, and November 11 to 14. The Thursday to Saturday production begins at 7:30 pm and Sunday matinees begin at 2 pm.  An open dialogue Zoom talk back with the playwright, actors, and director follows select performances.

Tickets cost $20 for adults and $10 for students and educators. To purchase tickets, visit THE INTERPRETER – The Theater Project. For brighter illuminations and group pricing, email  The Theater Project or phone the box office at 1-908-809-8865.

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