Starring George Bartenieff

Adapted from the Victor Klemperer diaries

by Karen Malpede & George Barteneiff
directed by Karen Malpede
originally produced by Theater Three Collaborative, Inc. 




"★★★★-Few theater pieces can compare to I Will Bear Witness. George Bartenieff is nothing short of brilliant. He brings authenticity and honesty to his performance that will long be remembered by those fortunate enough to see it.”
— Susan Davidson, The Washingtonian

“Bartenieff’s work is rightly celebrated…people will be struck not just by the courage Klemperer documented, but by the brilliance of George Bartenieff.”
— Daily Hampshire Gazette

“Every move and intonation in his performance rings true.”
—John Gross, London Sunday Telegraph

“An unmissable opportunity to see a distinguished veteran actor, still at the peak of his powers, in a part longer than Hamlet, an emotionally involving portrayal of an indomitable human spirit in adversity.”
—John Thaxter, What’s On, London

“Bartenieff turns out to be an awfully wily performer, bit by bit he sweeps you up… Klemperer lashes out from time to time (such moments are formidable as Bartenieff plays them).”
—Nelson Pressley, Washington Post

“Virtuostic…a masterly performance!"
—Bruce Weber, New York Times

"Forceful…to see I Will Bear Witness is to experience something central to the life of the past century. You may feel stronger, more knowledgeable, and emotionally richer. As least I did.”
—Michael Feingold, Village Voice

“Bartenieff delivers an adaptation of Klemperer's second diary with rigid anger and fierce urgency. Remarkable.”
London Evening Standard

“Sterling performance…uplifting sense of the indomitability of the human spirit over the seemingly unimaginable.”
—Time Out, London

“George Bartenieff is marvelous as Klemperer. In his solo performance, George Bartenieff breathes the fatal dreamer back to life.”
—Kleine Zeitung, Graz, Austria

New York: Classic Stage Company; London: New End Theatre; Vienna: Theater des Augenblicks; Graz: Statstheater; Hall: Salt Factory; Washington DC: Holocaust Museum, Theater J; Weselyan, Amherst, Vassar, Skidmore, Earhlam colleges; and two German tours sponsored by the US Department of State


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