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Evocative ‘Lebensraum’ coming to local stage

David Alexander Johnston, who plays two Holocaust survivors, takes Germany up on its offer of return, as citizens (Lucille Petty and Steve Wood) bear witness in ‘Lebensraum.’ (Tim Fuller)

Invisible Theatre will stage “Lebensraum” by award-winning playwright Israel Horovitz Feb. 7-19.

The play is set at the dawn of the 21st century. The new German chancellor invites 6 million Jews from around the world to make Germany their home as a gesture of reconciliation. Three actors play more than 40 roles in an emotional journey exploring the effects of this policy.

“Although set mostly in Europe, it is clearly relevant to an America where we’re still very much navigating the ramifications of our own past sins of slavery and racial injustice,” says Susan Claassen, managing artistic director, who will direct the production.

A seminar will follow the Wednesday, Feb. 15 performance, with Rabbi Stephanie Aaron of Congregation Chaverim joining the cast and artistic ensemble for a discussion with the audience.

For ticket information, call the box office at 882-9721 or visit