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TRAVEL & ENTERTAINMENT: “The Obligation” – An Immersive Look at a World Gone Mad!

Oct 07, 2018
Internationally acclaimed actor Roger Grunwald explores a world gone mad in “The Obligation,” a riveting, immersive one-person stage drama performing October 11 through November 4 at Potrero Stage (1695 18th Street), San Francisco.

Directed by Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle award winner Nancy Carlin, this celebrated work interweaves the stories of a Polish Jew coming of age during World War II, a half-Jewish lieutenant in Hitler’s army, a high-ranking SS officer, and a Jewish-American comedian (the play’s Chorus)—all brought to life onstage in Grunwald’s tour-de-force performance. “The Obligation” offers a provocative and timely look into the corrosive moral dilemmas of World War II and the Holocaust: a time when the unimaginable was the norm and survival depended on the right choice, guile, and sheer luck. “The Obligation” is presented in partnership with PlayGround and the Holocaust Center of San Francisco’s Jewish Family and Children’s Services (JFCS).



Seen on stages around the world, Grunwald has been described as “riveting” by The New York Times, and as having a “Meryl Streep-like ability to shift from one character to another without a trace” by The Washington Informer. A child of an Auschwitz survivor and a refugee, Grunwald’s artistic and personal mission is to use the power of the theater to keep in focus the critical lessons of the Holocaust at a time of growing intolerance and ignorance, with a reported 41% of Americans (and 66% of millennials) not being able to say what Auschwitz was.



Roger Grunwald is a veteran theatre, film, television, and voice actor. His television credits include HBO’s “Vinyl” under the direction of Martin Scorsese and ABC’s “One Life to Live.” He has also been a voice actor in several documentaries including “Normandy: The Great Crusade,” “The Nuremberg Trial: War Crimes on Trial,” and HBO’s “Erwin Rommel: The Strange Death of the Desert Fox.”

For tickets or more information please visit www.theobligation.org or phone (415) 992-7990.

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Photo caption: Roger Grunwald stars in "The Obligation," a one-person Holocaust drama presented at Potrero Stage through November 4, 2018. (Photo credit: Alessandra Mello Photography)


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