Truce: A Christmas Wish from the Great War

By Kit Wilder & Jeffrey Bracco. Directed by Kit Wilder.
Nov. 20-Dec. 21, 2014. New performance added: 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20!
Scroll down for details and special events!

“If you have a chance to see this play, please do; you won’t go wrong. You will come away feeling hopeful about the human spirit and how it shines through such carnage.”
-Richard Hagan, a Vietnam veteran

 

Why you should attend Truce

Because there’s nothing like saying you “saw it when” about a World Premiere.
Because you saw Kit and Jeff onstage in Art, and you can’t believe they also had time to write a play while learning all those lines.
Because WWI was the root of the 20th century’s biggest problems, and we could all stand to know a little more about it.
Because you’ll hear timeless Christmas carols set to beautiful new arrangements by George Psarras.
Because when soldiers suddenly realize their fellow humans are more important than a world war, that’s great theater.

 

Tommy (Drew Benjamin Jones), a young English soldier. Photo by Mike Ko / siliconvalleydesigns.com. Costume courtesy of Daniel G. Johnson, Historical Forces Association.

 

Synopsis

In honor of the centennial of the “Christmas Truce” — in which World War I troops on both sides staged an impromptu cease-fire on the battlefields of France on Christmas, 1914 — this World Premiere tells the story of the truce through scenes, vignettes, live music and song, letters, and documents. Truce extends to audiences the wish of so many who fought and died in all wars: that mankind may one day lay down his weapons and be a proponent of Peace on Earth and Goodwill toward Men.

 

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Featured actors include Max Tachis and Caitlin Papp, who play the German soldier Georg and nurse Anna; and Drew Benjamin Jones and Allison Meneley, as the English soldier Tommy and his wife Maggie.

 

What people are saying

“City Lights should take great pride in Truce: A Christmas Wish from the Great War. It’s a perfect and poignant offering for this holiday season and an excellent commemoration of both humanity’s capacity for destruction and its fervent desire for peace on Earth, elusive but occasionally within reach.”  -Karla Kane, Metro Newspaper

Truce: A Christmas Wish from the Great War makes a fine addition to the canon of holiday entertainment. I think it will have legs.”  –Paul Myrvold’s Theatre Notes

“A heartfelt gem.” -Georgia Rowe, San Jose Mercury News

“It makes beautifully powerful points about our shared humanity and the profoundly unnatural nature of war.”
-Brad Erickson, Executive Director, Theatre Bay Area

“Wilder and Bracco’s play works so well because of the obvious lengths they’ve gone to make this historically accurate – to make it less of a fairy tale and more of a real-life miracle.”  -Cy Ashley Webb, Stark Insider

“Cried and laughed and laughed and cried. Completely engaged. Congratulations to authors, cast and crew.”
-Deb Colden, Facebook

“Fantastic show! Felt it all and sure do want to see it again, touches every emotion & lots of love!”  -Kathy Horne, Facebook

German soldier Georg (Max Tachis) and war nurse Anna (Caitlin Papp) share a moment. Photo: Richard Mayer Photo.

 

Details and special events

Performances: Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. One Wednesday show, on Dec. 17, at 8 p.m. New performance added: 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20!
No performances on Nov. 23 & Nov. 27. Dec. 5 is sold out.

Tickets: $17-$32. Discounts for seniors and students/educators. Buy online and pay no fees! ($2 surcharge for phone and in-person purchases; closing weekend is also subject to a $2 increase.)

Events:
Thursday, Nov. 20: Pay-What-You-Can-Night.
Friday, Nov. 21: Preview Night ($17).
Saturday, Nov. 22: Opening Night celebration: $35 general, $30 seniors, $19 students/educators.

Thursday, Dec. 4: On this night, we’ll donate 25 percent of proceeds from regular-priced single tickets to History San Jose. You can also support History San Jose by using the promo code “History” when you buy Truce tickets. We’ll donate $5 for every ticket bought with that code.

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Sunday, Dec. 7: The matinee performance is Veteran Appreciation Night. All veterans can use the promo code “Xmas” to get $15 tickets. We’re planning a tribute and a special post-show party after a brief talkback (all patrons welcome).

The City Lights theater is wheelchair-accessible. Secured parking is available on most nights for $5 at Notre Dame High School across the street from the theater. Call 408-295-4200 to check parking availability for your performance.