MadKap Productions 2017-2018 Play Series
Rocket City, Alabam'
a new play by Mark Saltzman
Nov 3 - Nov 19, 2017
Fri/Sat at 7:30 pm Sun at 2:00 pm
matinee: Wed Nov 8 at 1:30 pm
Based on a true story. In the 50's at the dawn of the Cold War, the U.S. Army moves notorious Nazi rocket scientist Wernher Von Braun to Huntsville, Alabama, a cotton town selected to become America's "Rocket City." But Huntsville has a large Jewish community, and emotions ignite when the Jewish fiancee of a local war hero learns of Von Braun's Nazi past. With sensitivity and humor. Rocket City, Alabam' presents the moral dilemmas of idealism vs. practicality, of revenge vs. forgiveness.
Rocket City, Alabam' is a play with songs that captures a true-life episode in the history of the American South, presenting a story of secrets, colorful Southern characters, and several famous songs of the region -- blues, spirituals and gospel including "Down By the Riverside," "Alabama Bound," "This Little Light of Mine" and many more.
Wayne Mell directs a cast including Ashley Schaeffer stars as Amy Lubin with Chicago actor Michael Dalberg playing Major Pike, the man driving the rocket program. The cast includes Maxwell Downs, Nancy Greco, Gerald Nevin, Kaeley Osterman, Elizabeth Rude, Adam Thatcher, Steve Zeal, and Andrew Pond as Wernher von Braun. Chicago Actor/Singer Brian Keys adds live music to the story, performing classic blues and gospel songs of the South including "Down by the Riverside," "Alabama Bound," and "This Little Light of Mine."
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