Miami, FL – January 6, 2014 - International Holocaust Remembrance Day January 27th, 2014, will be highlighted by the launch of the filmed version of the play The Soap Myth by Jeff Cohen at 9PM on WPBT2. The program will be offered to public television stations nationwide through American Public Television.
Originally produced in NYC in April 2012 by The National Jewish Theater Foundation – Holocaust Theater Archive (NJTF/HTA) as a live stage production the critically acclaimed production was called “ a revelation” by N.Y. Times. The play by Jeff Cohen was directed by Arnold Mittelman, Producing Artistic Director of the NJTF who also co-directed the filmed version with noted filmmaker Ron Kopp. The production stars Greg Mullavey, Andi Potamkin, Donald Corren and Dee Pelletier.
The film examines how more than a half century after WW II, at the desperate urging of a passionate survivor, a young investigative reporter finds herself caught between numerous versions of the same story. Played out against the backdrop of deadline reporting and journalistic integrity The Soap Myth questions who has the right to write history? Those people who have lived it and remember, those who study and protect it or those who would seek to distort its very existence? And finally what is all our responsibility once we know the truth?
View the trailer here - http://www.thesoapmyth.com/.
“I am so delighted that this important play and production which fortunately was preserved on film has been given this international recognition by the prestigious Digital Theatre of London and by the award-winning WPBT2 of South Florida and other Public Television outlets throughout the USA. The chance to honor the victims of the Holocaust and their memory by providing access to the plays message is an honor indeed” stated Mr. Mittelman.
South Florida’s premier public broadcaster, WPBT2,is a community-licensed, not-for-profit media enterprise serving communities from the Treasure Coast to the Florida Keys. WPBT2 provides high quality content from PBS, independent acquisitions and its own original productions. WPBT2’s digital media platform, offers: 2HD, a 24-hour high definition channel; Digital 2.2, Create, a cooking, arts & crafts, gardening, home improvement, and travel channel; World, a nonfiction documentary, science and news channel; Digital 2.3, V-me, a 24-hour national Spanish-language network and www.wpbt2.org, the WPBT2 website including the WPBT2 Video Player and uVu, a video sharing website.
Arnold Mittelman is a director, producer and educator with a distinguished career of artistic and educational achievement that has created over 300 diverse productions of plays, musicals and special events. He has helped found and/or lead five major not-for-profit theaters, including the New York Free Theater, the Whole Theater Company and the renowned Coconut Grove Playhouse, as well as producing numerous commercial theatrical productions on Broadway, Off Broadway, West End and National tours. In 2007 he was named President and Producing Artistic Director of the not-for-profit National Jewish Theater /Foundation and leads its Holocaust Theater Archive initiative. He also founded (2007) and serves as President of the not for profit American Theater Festival Foundation.
Jeff Cohen’s plays have been published in Playing With Canons, Indie Theatre Now and the annual Smith & Kraus series Best Scenes and Monologues. His plays include The Soap Myth, Men of Clay – a memoir about his father and tennis (Best New Play 2005, Baltimore City Paper), The Man Who Ate Michael Rockefeller (Critic’s Pick, New York Times & TimeOut New York), Whoa-Jack! – his American adaptation of Woyzeck (AUDELCO Award), The Seagull: The Hamptons (Boston Globe Ten Best, 1998), Uncle Jack (Kalbie Award, 2000) and many more. With his company Burke Cohen Entertainment, he is producer of several theater, film and TV projects including the Broadway production of Ted Swindley’s Always… Patsy Cline.
Ron Kopp holds an M.F.A. from Columbia University in Screenwriting and Directing. He has been a regularly featured commentator on film for NPR and he wrote the “Ask Dr.Video” column for Barnesandnoble.com. He teaches at City College and in the Documentary Department of the New York Film Academy. In addition to directing the film version of “The Soap Myth” with Arnold Mittelman, Ron has directed a companion piece, the documentary “I Will Refuse to Bubble,” featuring interviews with, among others, Holocaust survivor Irving Roth and scholars Michael Berenbaum, Bonnie Gurewitsch and David Marwell..
About the National Jewish Theater Foundation
Since 2007, the National Jewish Theater Foundation has presented theatrical works that celebrate the richness of Jewish heritage and culture in an effort to educate the public on Jewish content and themes. It is their commitment to celebrating Jewish history and artistry that has inspired the leaders of NJTF to launch the Holocaust Theater Archive that examines through its database, education programs and productions how one of the greatest catastrophes in Jewish and World history has been made more understandable through the insights, creativity and courage of Jewish theater artists and others of differing backgrounds.
About American Public Television
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