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Victory Theatre Announces Production of ‘Crevasse’

Victory Theatre Center artistic director Maria Gobetti welcomes Son of Semele artistic director Matthew McCray, who will be directing “Crevasse” in a co-production between the two companies.

“The Victory is thrilled to collaborate with Son of Semele on this provocative tale,” Gobetti said. “‘Crevasse’ and ‘The Bauhaus Project’ may be separate productions but taken together, they add up to a compelling warning in today’s political climate.”

The production, which runs from July 26 through Aug. 18 at the Victory Theatre, examines the rise of fascism and anti-Semitism in pre-war Germany and its effect on art, as well as at the artists who resisted, or — in some cases — contributed.

A series of related events will aksi take place throughout the summer at the ArtCenter College of Design, Skirball Cultural Center and other venues under the collective name “Reflections on Art and Democracy.”

Set in 1938, “Crevasse” centers on a German filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl who travels to Hollywood to find American distribution for her award-winning film, “Olympia.” Only one studio head would meet with her: Walt Disney. Ann Noble and Leo Marks star in an astonishing true story of betrayal, Nazi propaganda and cartoons.

“In November 1938 there was public outcry about Germany, but full details were not yet known,” McCray said. “This was just after Kristallnacht, years before the U.S. officially entered the war. There is a perplexing draw toward autocracy again, so it’s important to explore issues around power, and the conflicting influences of money and ethics.”

In “Crevasse,” McCray says the comparisons between the work and ideals of filmmakers Disney and Riefenstahl provide a compelling examination of business and power through film.

The creative team for “Crevasse” includes scenic designer Evan Bartoletti, lighting designer Azra King-Abadi, sound designer John Zalewski and costume designer Michael Mullen.

To make a reservation for “Crevasse,” call (818) 841-5421 or go to thevictorytheatrecenter.org.

First published in the June 15 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

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