Looking for a great show to see in New York City this month? Check out “The Soap Myth.”
The horrific possibility that the Nazis turned Jews into soap is the catalyst for “The Soap Myth”, by Jeff Cohen. Lead characters, a survivor and a young investigative journalist, go on a collision course to ascertain how much fact is needed for something not to be fiction.
Starring Greg Mullavey, Andi Potamkin, Donald Corren and Dee Pelletier, the play is set in the year 2000, when a neophyte journalist meets a crusading survivor who tells her a story that turns history upside down. The play takes its title from the survivor’s claim that the Nazis made soap from their victims’ corpses; aspects of the Holocaust are questioned as the drama unfolds. The play asks how the Holocaust should be remembered and understand in an era where actual survivors of the event are becoming fewer and fewer, and Holocaust deniers are gaining more platforms to voice their beliefs.
“The Soap Myth” is a work of fiction based on real people and real events. Milton Saltzman, the fictional character portrayed by Mullavey, was inspired by actual Holocaust survivor Morris Spitzer, who’s crusade about “soap” was profiled in an article in Moment Magazine in 2000 written by Josh Rolnick.
The show, presented by The National Jewish Theater, is being performed at Black Box Theatre at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre in New York City.
“The Soap Myth” runs now until April 22 for a special limited engagement. Ticket prices range from $50-$60, with discounted student rates. Check available show dates and times here.
Potamkin’s star burns bright beyond the stage. She is a genConnect correspondent, inteviewing experts and celebrities across the spectrum, including Celebrity Kids Chef Cricket Azima and . interior designer and activist Iris Dankner. When Potamkin is not performing, she is co-running Three Squares Studio.
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