After a phenomenal debut run at the Toronto Fringe Festival, the new musical A Simple Twist of Faith is ready to inspire your community. This touching and uplifting play, inspired by a true story, is the perfect program for schools, camps, synagogues, and more.
A Simple Twist of Faith teaches that one act of kindness can change the world through the story of an American Jewish soldier stationed in Germany during World War One. Alex Lurye, feeling lonesome and disconnected and distraught from war, decides to enter the local synagogue. Faced with hostility, the apparent enemy has dared to walk into a sacred space. One German stands up for the stranger and welcomes him into his home for a meal. This simple act changes both of their lives forever when the Nazis take power years later.
This musical is being created to remind people that loving-kindness will always win over hate, peace will prevail over violence, harmony over war. We envision a two man show with a band of three acoustic musicians backing up the actors.
The approach is to have very simple sets, costumes, props and have the story and music speak for itself. We hope that this creative expression will foster a sense of community building.
A Simple Twist of Faith aims to be more than just a feel good musical. Its creation has a greater purpose. We are working toward a better world through social justice and conflict resolution and we believe that this story has the ability to spark moments of personal and collective catharsis and transformation.
Alex Lurye is an American Jewish soldier stationed in Seldes, Germany in 1917 during World War One. After experiencing the terror of the trenches, he is desperate to make a connection. He wants to find a place where he can feel at home. When he can’t convince any of his fellow soldiers to join him, Alex enters the local synagogue by himself. Although faced with initial hostility, one German named Herr Rosenau makes Alex feel welcome. The congregant invites the soldier into his home for a traditional meal and an experience he will never forget. Together they share in the spiritual practice of traditional rituals and form a special bond of friendship.
Time passes. Lurye returns to America and recovers from the horrors of war. He marries and starts a family. His business, name and reputation grow. As Alex’s life and career flourishes, the Rosenau family is faced with growing persecution in Germany. Alex emerges from the crash of 1929 relatively unscathed, but Herr Rosenau’s fate is much darker. In 1933, the Nazis take power and things begin to deteriorate for Jews in Germany. Faced with antisemitic restrictions and growing hatred, the Rosenau family begins to think of ways to escape. By 1938, things look grave. There is no way out for Herr Rosenau and his children.
When Rosenau finds an unopened thank you letter sent from Alex over twenty years earlier, he realizes this may be his final chance. What follows is a series of unexpected twists and a remarkable outcome that may have turned out much differently had it not been for one simple act of kindness.
Alex Lurye – Adam Jesin
Herr Rosenau – Evan Malach
The Fiddler – Sonia Shklarov
Music and Lyrics – Evan and Rafe Malach
Concept and Book – Evan Malach
Additional Music and Lyrics – Cody Malach
Director – Naomi Tessler
Musical Director – Scott White
Set, Prop, Costume Design- Kelly Anderson
Graphic Designer – Niculae Mihai
Stage Manager – Dorcas Chiu
Assistant Stage Manager – Daniel Jenkins
Producer – Evan Malach
Guitar – Rich Grossman, Dan Sadowski
Bass – Tyler Emond
Percussion – Jeremy Kleynhans, Max Sennit
FOUR STARS! A heartfelt musical…incredible story…solid performances…vivid…You’ll want to stick around afterwards – Glen Sumi, NOW Magazine
Succeeded in its goal of sharing a compelling and important story…driven by the strength of its performers…the audience definitely enjoyed watching [this] crowd-pleasing play with an important message – Mooney on Theatre
Now Magazine Votes A Simple Twist of Faith Outstanding Production, Outstanding Direction, Outstanding Ensemble
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"Harmony Over War succeeded in its goal of sharing a compelling and important story...Driven by the strength of its performers...The audience definitely enjoyed watching these two men moving towards something greater than they could have imagined... crowd-pleasing play with an important message for its audience" - Mooney on Theatre