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Lillian Helman drama commemorates D-Day of WWII era

Lillian Helman’s famous WWII drama, “Watch on the Rhine” opens for a three day run, April 4 at 8 p.m. at Leawood City Hall, in the Oak Room.  All tickets are $5.
April Bishop

Leawood Stage Company today announced their production of Lillian Helman’s WWII drama, “Watch on the Rhine” to be performed April 4, 5 and 6 in the Oak Room of Leawood City Hall, to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day, June 6, April Bishop, artistic director said.

“It is a very different show for us, but we thought that it was historically important, educational and worth doing even if we have smaller crowds. The cast cries each time they run the end of the show,” Bishop said.

Watch on the Rhine opens at 8 p.m., Friday, April 4 and performs again, April 5, also at 8 p.m. A Sunday matinee is planned for 2 p.m., on Sunday, April 6, she said. Performances occur in the Oak Room, on the lower level of Leawood City Hall, 4800 Town Center Drive, Leawood, KS 66211. All tickets cost $5.

From information provided by Bishop, “Watch on the Rhine” is a moving play by Lillian Hellman, focusing on an idealistic German who, with his American wife and two children, flees Hitler's Germany in 1940 to finds sanctuary with his wife's family in the United States. He hopes for a respite from the dangerous work he has involved himself, but his desire for personal safety soon comes into conflict with the deeply held beliefs that have made him an active anti-Nazi.

“Told in compelling, human terms, ‘Watch on the Rhine’ is an eloquent and stirring tribute to the brave men and women who, despite all odds, struggled to stem the tide of fascism which soon spread throughout Europe and the world. Audiences may be familiar with the 1943 Oscar winning film of Watch on the Rhine staring Bette Davis.” Bishop said.

June 6, 2014 will be the 70th Anniversary of D-Day. Leawood Stage Company will honor the sacrifices made by the "Greatest Generation" to free the world from fascism with this production.

Seating is limited and advance tickets are strongly recommended for all three performances! Tickets are $5.00 per person and selling for cash or checks only at the Parks & Rec desk in Leawood City Hall. Watch on the Rhine is sure to be a hit with fans of dramatic theater and history buffs of all ages.

For more information contact April Bishop at the City of Leawood, 913-339-6700 x157, or email aprilb@leawood.org.