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The Holocaust Commission presents the award-winning play: Wiesenthal


Wiesenthal, Virginia Stage Company

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Norfolk, VA - Virginia Stage Company and the Holocaust Commission of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater will host writer-performer Tom Dugan at the Wells Theatre to present his one-man play about the Nazi hunter, Simon Wiesenthal. This 90-minute powerhouse production will benefit the Holocaust Commission. There will be a performance open to the public on Tuesday, November 15 at 7:00pm, and a subsidized student matinee on Wednesday, November 16 at 10:30am, both at the Wells Theatre in Downtown Norfolk. The lead sponsor for this event is Bank of America. Additional support comes from Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers.

Wiesenthal is the inspiring true story of Simon Wiesenthal, filled with hope, humanity, and humor. Sometimes referred to as the "Jewish James Bond," he devoted his life to bringing more than 1,000 Nazi war criminals to justice. Intelligent, funny, flawed, and noble, Wiesenthal was a true universal hero. His unbelievable dedication and tenacity over decades are honored in this play, which gives equal weight to his wisdom and wit during his long, purposeful life.

“We are thrilled to bring Tom Dugan as Simon Wiesenthal to our community,” said Holocaust Commission Director Elena Barr Baum. “Commission member Vivian Margulies spearheaded the drive for this event, originally scheduled for October of 2020, after she had seen it in a successful run in Atlanta. Bringing live theater is one of the many ways the Commission educates students and community members about the lessons of the Holocaust, and how important they are to understanding our world today.”

This award-winning play has received rave reviews from critics across the country and has had triumphant runs in both the California and New York theatre communities.

This production is appropriate and encouraged for ages 13 and up. For the public performance on November 15th, general admission tickets are $45 in the orchestra and $35 in the mezzanine, and can be purchased online: www.vastage.org/Wiesenthal or over the phone by calling the Virginia Stage Company box office at (757) 627 - 1234. For booking tickets into the November 16th student matinee, email Director of Education at VSC, Bethany Mayo: bmayo@vastage.org.

Interviews can be arranged by contacting Director of Marketing at VSC, Maris Smith: msmith@vastage.org.

About the playwright and actor: During the past 10 years Tom Dugan has emerged as the bright new voice of one-man theatre in America. Oscar To Oscar, Robert E. Lee - Shades of Gray, Frederick Douglass-In The Shadow of Slavery and Nazi Hunter- Simon Wiesenthal have received high praise from critics, historians and educators from New York to California. Mr. Dugan has performed in dozens of cities where he has entertained and inspired hundreds of eager audiences along with thousands of enthusiastic students during his educational outreach programs. As a professional actor in Los Angeles for over 25 years, Tom's TV and film credits include; Bones, Friends, Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Practice, Chicago Hope, Just Shoot Me, Kindergarten Cop and Dave. His regional Theatre credits include leading roles in The Man Who Came to Dinner, Misery, Amadeus and Dublin Carol. He has also starred in national tours of Oscar To Oscar, On Golden Pond with Jack Klugman and continues to tour with his critically acclaimed one-man plays Robert E. Lee - Shades of Gray and Nazi Hunter-Simon Wiesenthal.

The mission of the Holocaust Commission of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater is to foster an understanding of the uniqueness and magnitude of the Holocaust, while inspiring students, teachers, and our community to champion human dignity in our constantly changing world. Focusing on education, the Holocaust Commission promotes tolerance, justice, and moral courage, so that students of all ages can learn to use the lessons of the Holocaust to make better moral decisions in their lives today. Bank of America is proud to sponsor this important educational event for the community.

Virginia Stage Company is Southeastern Virginia’s leading theatre destination, serving an audience of over 58,000 annually, both at the Wells Theatre and throughout the community. Virginia Stage Company’s mission is to “enrich, educate, and entertain the region by creating and producing theatrical art of the highest quality.”

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