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Taking Sides ()

Produced by

Chicken Coop Theatre and Stage Centre Productions

Playwright: Ronald Harwood
Director: Michael James Burgess


The Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre – The Al Green Theatre


November 6th, 2013 – November 9th, 2013


The action takes place in the American Zone of occupied Berlin, in 1946… where the De-Nazification Tribunal has convened to take over the questioning of Wilhelm Furtwängler, one of the outstanding conductors of his time. Furtwängler was at the height of his career in 1933, just as Hitler became Chancellor of Germany. As the terrors of Nazism spread, many of Furtwängler’s colleagues fled the country but Furtwängler chose to stay. Did he stay to do as much good as possible in the face of evil, or did he stay to serve Hitler? The Tribunal’s evidence has been prepared firstly by the British, and then taken over by two groups of Americans: one in Wiesbaden which assisted in Furtwängler’s defence, the other in Berlin which helped build the case against him. (


Tony Rein Major Steve Arnold
Hanna Peltoniemi-Fam Emmi Straube
Holm Bradwell Lieutenant David Willis
Robert Glen Helmuth Rode
Isabel Hornstein Tamara Sachs
Alan Washbrook Wilhelm Furtwängler

Creative Team

Ronald Harwood Playwright
Michael James Burgess Director
Karen Edgley Set Designer
Cynthia Pereira Lighting Designer


Frank Keenan Producer
Karen Edgley Producer
James Marshall Producer
Pearce McMahon Stage Manager
Mona Poon Assistant Stage Manager
Scott Griffin Props
Molly Lubell Wardrobe Coordinator
Beryl Anderson Wardrobe
Margaret Hughes Wardrobe
Jane Russell Wardrobe
Robert Martyn Footwear
Holm Bradwell Set Construction
Holm Bradwell Painter
Todd Davies Set Construction
Karen Edgley Set Construction
David Galvin Heppenstall Set Construction
Judy Gans Set Construction
Frank Keenan Set Construction
James Marshall Set Construction
Cynthia Pereira Set Construction
Pierre Rivard Set Construction
Dave Widenmaier Set Construction
Todd Davies Painter
Karen Edgley Painter
David Galvin Heppenstall Painter
Judy Gans Painter
Frank Keenan Painter
James Marshall Painter
Cynthia Pereira Painter
Pierre Rivard Painter
Dave Widenmaier Painter
Dave Widenmaier Set Furnishings / Decor
Cynthia Pereira Lighting Hang
Michael Walsh Lighting Hang
Cynthia Pereira Lighting Operator
Fabio Saposnik Photographer
Holm Bradwell Truck Driver
Donna Keenan Box Office
Kathy Campitelli Business Administrator
Pierre Rivard Graphic Designer
Paige Smedegaard House Manager
Diane E. Sankey Publicity
Kathy Campitelli Subscriptions & Reservations
David Galvin Heppenstall Webmaster