American Premiere of Henry Naylor’s potent and cautionary tale, based on the true story of two Jewish/female athletes in Hitler’s Germany, is a mesmerizing account by two immensely skilled actors.
October 21, 2019: Games, directed by SoHo Playhouse Artistic Director Darren Lee Cole, is having its American premiere downtown at the SoHo Playhouse on Vandam Street. The play was performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland last year where Cole attended the first performance. The Fringe is the largest arts festival in the World and the play is a powerful cautionary tale for our present times.
The story set in 1936, Berlin follows Jewish athlete Helene Mayer. When she is selected for the Nazis’ Olympic Squad, she realizes she is fighting for much more than gold. A multi-award-winning, sell-out success, the show won the Adelaide Fringe Weekly Award and received astonishing reviews in Edinburgh, where it was called: “Breathtaking and powerful, sharp, funny and poignant- a must-see.” and “A truly genius piece of writing.”
Games is a two person narrative based on the untold stories of Helene Mayer, played by Lindsay Ryan, and Gretel Bergmann, played by Renita Lewis. Both were Olympic level athletes during the 1936 Berlin Olympics. The two women playing them are simply astonishing.
SoHo Playhouse Artistic Director Darren Lee Cole said, “Henry is one of the most successful writers of the renowned Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Games is one of his best plays. Games is a powerful play about survival during the toughest of times. Based on a true story of the 1936 Olympic games, this play has so much to say about the world we live in today and I am thrilled to bring this wonderfully written play to the SoHo Playhouse”.
Games is now playing at the SoHo Playhouse, 15 Vandam Street through November 24th, 2019 on Wednesday – Friday at 7:30 pm; Saturday at 3 pm & 7:30 pm and Sunday at 3 pm. Tickets will be $50 and can be purchased by visiting www.sohoplayhouse.com
Photography: Barry Gordin