This is Not a Time of Peace

This is Not a Time of Peace by Deb Margolin at Theatre Row, NYC. Courtesy New Light Theater Project Spotlight Series
This is Not a Time of Peace by Deb Margolin at Theatre Row, NYC. Courtesy New Light Theater Project Spotlight Series

NEW YORK – This is Not a Time of Peace

This play expresses the philosophical, insightful remembrances of author Deb Margolin, spanning decades about her father and the crushing tyranny of Senator Joseph McCarthy.

Accusations made by McCarthy and his supporters in U.S. Senate hearings often led to severe consequences for the accused, including loss of employment, blacklisting, and even imprisonment. Many individuals were subjected to intrusive investigations and pressured to confess or provide names of others suspected of communist leanings, creating a culture of betrayal and mistrust. Deb Margolin’s father, Harold Margolin, was but one victim of McCarthy’s ‘kangaroo court’ inquisitions.



Dressed in a negligée while seated in front of her bed on the edge of the gently lit stage, Alina (Charlotte Cohn) began explaining the breadth of tonight’s exploration that led to seamless time travel. Seated around the stage perimeter were four silent men. To Alina’s right was Joseph McCarthy (Steven Ritazzi) and Martin, her lover (Ken King). Moses, her husband (Simon Feil), and her father Hillel (Roger Hendricks Simon) were to her left.

DURING BITTER CLASH - Sen. McCarthy, center, confers with Roy Cohn, chief counsel for House Un-American Activities Committee, during questioning of William Taylor. McCarthy indicated he may seek contempt citation against Taylor. At right is G. David Schine. Uploaded a work by Los Angeles Times from https://digital.library.ucla.edu/catalog/ark:/21198/zz0002shqk. August 23, 1953

DURING BITTER CLASH – Sen. McCarthy, center, confers with Roy Cohn, chief counsel for House Un-American Activities Committee, during questioning of William Taylor. McCarthy indicated he may seek contempt citation against Taylor. At right is G. David Schine. Uploaded a work by Los Angeles Times from https://digital.library.ucla.edu/catalog/ark:/21198/zz0002shqk. August 23, 1953

Alina described each man and how he impacted her life in an eloquent, refined stream of consciousness. She ruminated about how people ‘subordinate themselves to a force like religion’ as we noted the complexity of her relationships. She was a mother with children navigating a lover, husband, father, and crushing demagogue. Alina interacted with each man while maintaining her sanity and progressing the story. She spoke of her daughter at five and then at 18; her father was a young scientist and then in a rest home, and Moses was a patient, loving, and loyal husband.

Subtle sonic landscapes bolstered each expressive intone, from ominous humming beneath shadows of the Cold War and refined sounds eliciting pathos and anxiety. Projected on a screen set backstage, a scrim changed character as lighting supported expressive dramaturgy with visual and aural landscapes, resulting in complex, evolving visual textures of woven tendrils and muted darkness.

Heroes emerged like attorney Adoph Berle (Frank Licato), who defended Alina’s father, a gifted scientist of metallurgy targeted by McCarthy. Alina’s husband Moses was the master of non-sequitur glib responses to Alina’s needs and darkest fears. Alina’s lover, Martin, became increasingly demanding and threatened to withhold secrets he had discovered about McCarthy and her father, Hillel.



Sagacity abounded as listeners immersed themselves in dramatic, gripping energies. ‘It’s lonely to be hungry. Memory is a novelist. In a minute, a person can make a thousand mistakes. Sometimes, nice things want to be ruined. Every experience in time is still happening.”

This is Not a Time of Peace is an evening of reflection, intrigue, oligarchs, victims, heroes, time travel, and tragedy with real people. Are we repeating history’s mistakes?

This is Not a Time of Peace

By Deb Margolin
Directed by Jerry Heymann

Runtime is 100 minutes without intermission and runs through March 16. Tickets can be found HERE.

The Cast

Charlotte Cohn as Alina, Roger Hendricks Simon as Hillel, Simon Feil as Moses, Steven Ritazzi as Joseph McCarthy, Ken King as Martin, Frank Licato as Adolf Berle, Richard Hollis as Daniil Shinyayev.

Artistic

Intimacy direction by Leighton Samuels, scenic design by Jessica Parks, costume design by Julia Squier, lighting design by Paul Hudson, sound design by Jennie Gorn, production stage manager Roger Lipson

Presented at Theatre Row

4120 West 42nd Street
New York, NY 10036
(212) 714-2442

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