Today's Drama in Your Living Room


In direct response to the crisis of our democracy, we have created a new version of our 2001 one-person drama, I Will Bear Witness, focused on the early years of the Hitler regime for performances in living rooms. George Bartenieff won an Obie in 2001 for his striking portrayal of Victor Klemperer, a Jewish professor who kept a secret diary and survived the firebombing of Dresden and the war. He toured to London and Berlin, and throughout Germany and Austria.

This new forty-minute theater piece takes place from the time of Hitler’s election through events following Kristallnacht. Klemperer records in minute detail the manifold reactions of Jewish and Christian neighbors and friends, their shock, despair, rage and acts of resistance.

In the intimacy of a living room, Bartenieff’s Klemperer takes on a riveting presence and his words hit home with astonishing power and relevance. There is nothing between the actor, his historical character and story and the audience’s own lived experience of our uniquely troubled times. The lively dialogue that ensues builds community in safe spaces. People feel strengthened and energized.

If you are interested in hosting a performance: George Bartenieff and Karen Malpede, Theater Three Collaborative co-artistic directors, offer the experience of I Will Bear Witness: The Early Years of the Hitler Regime, to those who are willing to invite 15 to 25 friends to their homes and provide simple refreshments. The performance is free. Donations can benefit our theater’s coming season’s work at the Segal Theatre and LaMama or a not-for-profit of your choice. If you would like to receive notice of up-coming performances, please contact us.

For information: or 718-789-5404