There may be a limited number of tickets available on a
first-come-first-served basis at the door.
The box office will begin the wait list in-person
45 minutes prior to each performance.
Runtime: Show + Talkback = Approximately 1 Hour
Friday, February 10 - 7:00pm - SOLD OUT
Saturday, February 11 - 2:00pm - SOLD OUT
Saturday, February 11 - 7:00pm
Sunday, February 12 - 2:00pm
Just Added! Sunday, February 12 - 4:30pm
First they came for
a new play by Shannon DiStefano
9th Grade, Central High
Directed by Matthew Lorenz
Stage Management by Emily Baver
Dramaturgy by Madeline Charne
Lighting by Will Jonez
Featuring: Tyler Elliot, Adrienne Hertler, Alison Mae Hoban, Kyle Jackson,
Christina May, Cory Mecca, Joe Palinsky, Joe Wozniak
Berlin 1933. Adolf Hitler is named Chancellor of Germany. The Nazi flag rises and the country is divided. A Lutheran pastor, Martin Niemoller, stands at his pulpit preaching for unity under God, ignoring the plight of the Jewish citizens as they systematically lose their rights. When Nazis raid his church, God takes a step back, and Martin finds himself sharing the fate of those he refused to help. On the train bound for Auschwitz, Martin talks about the passing of time with an old man and a young woman wails about flames that will engulf them all. The past and the present collide; and in the confines of the death camp, Martin searches for hope, for God, and for redemption.
FIRST THEY CAME FOR is an immersive and surreal journey through The Holocaust. Inspired by Elie Wiesel's NIGHT and the life of Martin Niemoller, this story tracks the rise of the Nazi party, the descent into the horrors of the camps, and the search for salvation. FIRST THEY CAME FOR emphasizes the need to take action before it is too late.
This new student-written play by Shannon DiStefano (9th Grade, Central High) was developed and produced by the movement-based Found Theatre Company, and Philadelphia Young Playwrights. Audiences will be invited into the immersive world of this show, and to stay for a talk-back following the performance.
Performances at Asian Arts Initiative
1219 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Asian Arts Initative is easily accessible
via the Broad Street Subway Line - Vine St station,
and a short walk from SEPTA's Jefferson Station.
On-street parking is available, but please be aware of all posted signage regarding meters and no-parking hours.
Various parking lots are available nearby- on the south side of Vine Street, and at 12th and Callowhill. Prices Vary.