“A classic to be repeated for years to come.”
Minneapolis Star Tribune
“A work of beauty...”
Saint Paul Pioneer Press
Friday, December 20, following the 7:30 p.m. performance
Saturday, December 21, following the 2:00 p.m. performance
The Western Front, Christmas, 1914. Out of the violence comes a silence, then a song. A German soldier steps into No Man’s Land singing Stille Nacht. Thus begins an extraordinary night of camaraderie, music, peace. A remarkable true story, told in the words and songs of the men who lived it.
All Is Calm relives the story of an astounding moment in history when Allied and German soldiers laid down their arms to celebrate the holiday together by trading carols, sharing food and drink, playing soccer and burying each others’ dead. In some places the truce lasted only a night, in others until New Year's Day. This dramatic re-telling contains actual quotes and letters from thirty World War I figures brought to life by actors Matt Rein, David Roberts and Alan Sorenson. All Is Calm is a collaboration among Cantus, Theater Latté Da and Hennepin Theatre Trust.
Cantus beautifully weaves a tapestry of sound, drawing from patriotic tunes, trench songs, medieval Scottish ballads and holiday carols from England, Wales, France and Germany which take on new depths when set in the context of trench warfare. Music, an important part of life in the trenches, helped create a context that inspired the truce. All Is Calm opens with a set of carols arranged by English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams for his own battalion.
Rothstein, hailed as one of the Twin Cities’ premiere directors, worked five years to develop All Is Calm. He remembers, “I wanted to tell the story in their words, so I created the drama primarily through found text including letters, official war documents, autobiographies, World War I poetry, grave stone inscriptions and even an old radio broadcast. I was able to spend time along the Western Front and conduct extensive research in Brussels, Ieper, Paris and London. It was incredibly powerful to stand on the very spot where this extraordinary happening took place. For decades, the Christmas truce was considered a romantic fable, however there is no doubt thousands of courageous men took part.”
“A dramatic, real-life musing about the power this season has to make us stop, reflect, and decide to operate in a mode of peace.”
All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914
Presented by Cantus, Theater Latté Da and Hennepin Theatre Trust
Student/Educator Rush will be available for all performances of All Is Calm.
Policy: 2 tickets per valid school ID per person; $15 per ticket; cash only; available at the Pantages Theatre Box Office beginning two hours before showtime; rush line forms outside of theatre; resale of rush tickets is strictly prohibited and all tickets are subject to availability.
Now playing through December 22, 2013
$28.00 to $37.00
Students 8-18, Military and Seniors 65+: $27 & $18
Runtime: 75 minutes, no intermission