Who knew there was a Nazi summer camp on New York's Long Island in the 1930s? While renting a house there during the pandemic, American playwright Bess Wohl began reading about Camp Siegfried in the town of Yaphank, where kids marched down Hitler Street and flower beds were planted like swastikas. In fact, it was one of several such camps in the U.S., fascism and hatred gathering force in plain sight.What a compelling premise for drama, and Wohl takes the astute decision to make this an intimate...
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Inspired by the real Camp Siegfried, which operated on New York's Long Island in the 1930s...
As the world unknowingly sits on the brink of the Second World War, boy meets girl at a summer camp exclusively for American youth of German descent.
Immersed in the seemingly idyllic world of summer pastimes, the two teenagers embark upon a first relationship, each searching for identity and acceptance. But soon, they become dangerously consumed by the camp's real aim: the preaching of Nazi ideology that will ultimately threaten to destroy them, and set the worldwide stage for global atrocity, devastation and genocide.
Bess Wohl's (Grand Horizons, Small Mouth Sounds, Pretty Filthy) Camp Siegfried offers an intoxicating glimpse into infatuation and indoctrination in this world premiere production starring Patsy Ferran and Luke Thallon.
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Cast and creative
By: Bess Wohl
Director: Katy Rudd
Cast list: Patsy Ferran, Luke Thallon
Lighting: Prema Mehta
Sound: Ian Dickinson for Autograph
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Patsy Ferran and Luke Thallon formed their own bubble while rehearsing for Camp Siegfried at The Old Vic. Although the actors had done some work on the new Bess Wohl play virtually, the nature of the story requires a fast and intimate connection between their characters and Zoom just wasn't going to work for the long term."The chemistry between these two people is pivotal," Ferran said. "If you already put on these literal physical barriers, it's just not quite going to land, because these...