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“The Two Hundredth Day” World Premiere April 19, 2013

April 22, 2013

This play is fiction, but it speaks the truth of the City of Leningrad in the Soviet Union during the dreadful winter of 1941-2. It is the 200th day of the 872-day siege of that city by Nazi Germany. There are no utilities, there is no water in the pipes. There is no heat.

Seventeen warehouses of food supplies have been bombed and destroyed. The little that remains is distributed by ration card at the pitiful rate of 125 grams a day. The people are starving.

One sound heard throughout the city is the rasp of sled-runners in the snow, as the bodies of the dead, wrapped in sheets, are brought to the cemeteries where they accumulate outside the gates, unburied.

Young Josef is a stand-in for the 2,000 who died in Leningrad on this the 200th day, for the 60,000 who died in February of 1942, for the 641,000 citizens who died during the two-and-one-half-year siege.

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  1. April 22, 2013 2:24 pm

    Have fun.

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