Nikiski High School teacher, playwright, and director Joe Rizzo chuckled when told by cast members that Nazi Chronicles flyers were being torn down by people who were concerned that there was a Neo-Nazi movement starting on the Peninsula. The flyers are only to promote the opening of the play entitled The Nazi Chronicles this weekend, produced and directed by Rizzo. In spite of the title, The Nazi Chronicles is a love story between a German patriot, who is rebelling against the Nazi's, and a downed airman hiding out behind enemy lines during WW II. Rizzo feels his play offers a different treatment of the Nazi story, "We get to see actually how the Nazi government came into power, how peoples lives and feelings were changed by it, and the fact that not all the German people supported the Nazi regime and some were greatly against it," said Rizzo.
Author/Director Joe Rizzo coaches Nazi Chronicles leads Mario Bird and Ramona Baker.
The Nazi Chronicles is the 7th play that Rizzo has written and produced over the last six years. He says the inspiration for the play came from an article he read about a group called the White Rose Society, which was the only organized German rebellion against Adolph Hitler during Nazi Germany, "They were eventually caught and executed, but it is a very compelling story about these courageous people working against the Nazi's that inspired me to write this play," added Rizzo. He is very excited about the talent assembled to perform his play, "I only have one high school student in this production, Titiana Butler, but the rest are all seasoned veterans of local theatre productions and they really are doing a fantastic job with this play," said Rizzo. Mario Bird returns for one of the most difficult roles of his career in the part of the SS officer who is in love with a girl that he doesn't know is secretly working against his government. Other cast members include Ramona Baker, Chris Cook, and Katie Lockwood.
The Nazi Chronicles opens this weekend August 5th-7th with curtain time at 8:00pm at the Soldotna Auditorium, and will also run the following weekend August 12th-14th. Tickets will be available at the door.
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