FREE ScripTease Reading 'The Germans Upstairs'

Mon, February 5, 2018, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

‘ScripTease on the Road’ series presents:
THE GERMANS UPSTAIRS, inspired by true events.
Written by Francine Schwartz and Jack Leidner
Directed by Ron Nash

THIS EVENT IS FREE! Donations are accepted and will be shared between Healdsburg Center for the Arts and The Raven.

DATE/TIME: Monday Feb 5th at 7pm
WHERE: Healdsburg Center for the Arts, 130 Plaza St., Healdsburg

THE GERMANS UPSTAIRS is a tale of forbidden love during the German occupation of Paris in WW II. Two German officers are billeted at the home of a wealthy Jewish family on the outskirts of Paris in 1940. One officer is refined, as is the woman of the house. She finds herself drawn to him and he is drawn to her. Their ill-fated story weaves its way through to the end of the war, ultimately asking us why we live this way. Join us for this reading and share your feedback with the playwrights.

Francine Schwartz’s work has appeared in literary journals, news publications, and various corporate websites. Her writing includes a historical play, Act of Being, performed in San Francisco, and a book of photography and poetry, Dancing Shadows. Francine has narrated videos and commercials and acted in many stage productions, including the role of Annie Sullivan in The Miracle Worker. She is fluent in English and French.

Jack Leidner, a retired US Army Intelligence officer, wrote for and edited newspapers in Maryland, Germany and Georgia. He’s both directed and acted since high school. His directing and stage roles include You Know I Can’t Hear You When the Water’s Running, Camillo in A Winter’s Tale and Doctor Einstein in Arsenic and Old Lace. He lived in Germany for 5 years and has a MA in 20th Century Studies.

ABOUT ‘ScripTease on the Road’:
The Raven Players encourage new works by offering free public readings. Come hear the plays and join in the post-reading feedback sessions.
New works nurtured to life – Raven ScripTease on the Road.
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