WE WILL NOT BE SILENT

By David Meyers | Directed by Scott Nolte

In the time of C.S. Lewis and Dietrich Bonhoeffer, there was also Sophie Scholl: a 21-year-old German theology student who opposed Hitler and the Nazi regime. After being arrested for denouncing Hitler, Sophie must choose to compromise her beliefs or make the ultimate sacrifice. In an age with much civil unrest and uncertainty, Sophie's story shows us that one voice can inspire many.

CAST
Amy Helms* – Sophie Scholl
Jonathan Stutzman – Kurt Grunvald
Ben Wippel – Hans Scholl

PRODUCTION
Scott Nolte** – Director
Kelly McDonald – Costume Design
Kent Cubbage – Lighting Design
Mark Lund – Scenic & Sound Design
Maria Gray* – Stage Manager
Sonja Lowe – Dramaturg
Ben Wippel – Dialect Coach

*Member of Actor's Equity Association
**Member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers
RUNNING: March 20 - April 27, 2019
LENGTH: 90 minutes with no intermission
AGE REC: 13+, for scenes of intense interrogation
PRICE: $27-50, dependent on day and time; fees may apply
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Raised Voices: A CONVERSATIONS Series at Taproot Theatre Company

We Will Not Be Silent is a play that examines the story of Sophie Scholl, a young woman who raised her voice in protest against the Nazi regime in the 1940s. Sophie Scholl’s story is a remarkable tale of courage, but it is important to remember that history is full of heroes like Sophie—ordinary people who raised their voices to protest injustice and who paid a cost for speaking out. Taproot Theatre is excited to partner with the Church Council of Greater Seattle and The Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation to present Raised Voices—a series of events celebrating the stories of Seattle activists who are speaking into specific areas of injustice in our city. Raised Voices is a chance to learn, a chance to share and a chance to put real faces onto issues that are all too often impersonalized in the news. Join us!
Monday, March 25 | Raised Voices: The Power of Youth Activism
  • Raised Voices: The Power of Youth Activism
  • Location: Taproot’s Isaac Studio Theatre; 212 N 85th St
  • Time: 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  • Discussion Moderator: Pastor Ruby Varghese, Youth & College Ministries, Quest Church
  • Panelists include:
    • Amina Dawud, Artist & Activist, Art of Resistance & Resilience at Franklin High School
    • Chloe Rubin, Activist & Commissioner, Seattle Youth Commission
    • Aurelio Valdez, Artist & Activist, Facilitator for Youth Rising with Northwest Folklife
Thursday, March 28 | Raised Voices: Homelessness Thursday, April 4 | Raised Voices: Immigration Thursday, April 11 | Raised Voices: Environmental Justice Thursday, April 25 | Raised Voices: Racism & White Privilege
RADIO IN THE NEWS REVIEWS
  • DRAMA IN THE HOOD | Alan Sydney
    • "compelling"
    • "Helms ably portrays a young woman at her wit's ends."
    • "Helms is equally proficient showing the horrible toll her body has paid in the seemingly endless interrogation sessions. She believably teeters on the borders of consciousness near the end of the play."
    • "Stutzman makes fine use of this meaty role, providing a fascinating foil to Sophie."
  • BROADWAYWORLD | Kelly Rogers Flynt
    • "...a glimpse into the heart of courage."
    • "Amy Helms as Sophie Scholl has the monumental task of portraying defiance and fear at the same time. ...she was most powerful in her moments of complete silence, speaking with her eyes and shaking body."
    • "Ben Wippel as Hans Scholl acts as the cheerleader and moral compass for Sophie reminding her of why they fight and why it matters."
    • "Stutzman manages to elicit a sliver of sympathy that is due to his deft handling of such a complicated character."
    • "Scenic design by Mark Lund is sparse, but save a wow moment for the end..."
    • "Scholl reminds us that we all have a choice of what we choose to accept and what we choose to resist. We may not like the options, but we all have a choice. I hope you make the choice to see this show before it's gone."
  • ECLECTIC ARTS | Mark Sugiyama
    • "Jonathan Stutzman as Kurt Grunwald stood out during the production. He portrayed his character with believability, ruthlessness, and compassion."
    • "Ben Wippel played Hans ... [with] empathy and support for his sister Sophie."
    • "Silence is not always golden. Sometimes it takes one person to break that code of silence to reveal a deeper truth about our society, our government, and our way of life."
    • "We Will Not Be Silent challenges you to think, examine, and ultimately decide - will you stay silent?"
Amy Helms and Jonathan Stutzman in We Will Not Be Silent at Taproot Theatre. Photo by Erik Stuhaug.
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Sponsored in part by:

John and Ann Collier, Producing Artistic Sponsors
The Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation, Associate Artistic Sponsors
 

A young woman's Nazi resistance. | Mar 20 – Apr 27, 2019
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