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People Productions

The Witness Is Coming!!!

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August 4-6, 11-13 at 7:30 p.m.; August 7, 13, 14 @ 2 p.m.

In the 1994 Rwanda Genocide at least 800,000 people were slaughtered in a 100 day period.  A famous photograph from that period shows a crying baby reaching across a pile of bodies toward her dead mother. 

Vivienne Franzmann's The Witness takes place nearly 20 years later in a middle class living room in a London suburb, where the photographer brought the baby to be raised as his own daughter.  As a freshman at Cambridge an incident happens which causes the girl to question her past.  She finds the negative of the famous photograph and discovers it be have been cropped.  Something was cut out of the original picture.  At the same time a young man appears at the door, claiming to be her brother and raising certain questions:  (1) Is he her brother?  (2) Why is he here?  (3) What was cut out of the original picture?  (4) Why?  (5) What does the photographer–now the girl's father–know about it?

The Witness is directed for People Productions by Richard Scharine.

Here is the most recent Salt Lake Tribune write-up on the production!