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The latest production from the local Center Players theater troupe is Lillian Hellman’s “Watch on the Rhine,” directed by Tom Corey and put on at the Homer Center for the Arts on October 3, 4, 10, 11 at 7:00pm, as well as October 6 at 2:00pm.

Vinnie Bellardini caught up with Corey and actress Barbara Jo Williams, who plays a housekeeper in the production for a family the entire play is centered around.

As described by the Center for the Arts:

“Watch on the Rhine, based in late 1930s, concerns an idealistic German who with his American wife, flees Hitler’s Germany and finds sanctuary with his wife’s family in the United States.

He hopes for respite from the dangerous work in which he has been involved, but his desire for personal safety soon comes into conflict the deeply held beliefs that have made him an active anti-Nazi.

In the end his conscience cannot be compromised, and he returns to Germany and the resistance movement and to what, most certainly, will be his ultimate destruction.

Told in compelling human terms, the play is an elegant and stirring tribute to the brave men and women who, despite all odds, struggled early on to stem the tide of fascism which was soon to spread throughout Europe and the world.”

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