The Obligation

The Mitzvah Project in association with PlayGround presents
THE OBLIGATION
(World Premiere)
Written & Performed by Roger Grunwald*
Directed by Nancy Carlin
October 12-November 5, 2017 at Potrero Stage

Box Office Press Release

A Jewish-American comedian, an Auschwitz survivor, a half-Jewish German soldier and an SS General explore the dark history of their (our) world in the world theatrical premiere of The Obligation, a one-person show written by and starring Roger Grunwald and under the direction of Nancy Carlin. Through drama and humor, The Obligation explores little-known aspects of The Holocaust and the post-war survivor experience and asks: Who decides what culture, race and ethnicity mean? What is identity? Why do we demonize “the other”?
* Member of Actors Equity Association

Presented in partnership with Jewish Family & Children’s Services Holocaust Center.

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Reviews & Press Coverage

“Roger Grunwald’s one-actor, multi-character The Obligation [is] flawlessly performed by Grunwald and elegantly directed by Nancy Carlin. — Jean Schiffman, San Francisco Examiner

“Roger Grunwald’s The Obligation [is] a newly relevant play about Nazism.” — Lily Janiak, San Francisco Chronicle

The Obligation delivers life lessons… Roger Grunwald’s acting (it’s great)… and Nancy Carlin’s directing (it’s excellent).” — Theatrius.com

[Roger] Grunwald’s characters command the stage… [he] is an excellent actor. — SF Theater Blog

“…astonishingly relevant.” — Huffington Post

4.8/5 Stars — Goldstar

“One man’s ‘Obligation’ to recount the painful truths of the Holocaust” – J Weekly

The Obligation includes the text and characters from the short play, The Mitzvah, co-authored by Roger Grunwald and Annie McGreevey. The original production of The Mitzvah was directed by Ms. McGreevey. For more information, visit http://theobligation.org.

Performance Calendar & Post-Show Discussions

Roger Grunwald will be joined by invited representatives from the community following select performances to dialogue with the audience about the play and its meaning in today’s world.

Friday October 20 – Rev. Dr. Alan Jones, Dean Emeritus of Grace Cathedral.

Saturday, October 21 – Elizabeth Rosner, the child of Holocaust survivors and author of the acclaimed new book, “Survivor Café.” See the  September 17th feature in New York Times.

Sunday October 22 – Morgan Blum Schneider, Director, Holocaust Center at the Jewish Family and Children’s Services (JFCS) of San Francisco.

Sunday, October 29 – Rabbi Peretz Wolf-Prusan, Chief Program Officer and Senior Educator at Lehrhaus Judaica.

Additional guests to be announced.

Playbill (PDF)

The Mitzvah Project in association with PlayGround presents THE OBLIGATION, written and performed by Roger Grunwald, directed by Nancy Carlin. Photo: mellophoto.com.
The Mitzvah Project in association with PlayGround presents THE OBLIGATION, written and performed by Roger Grunwald, directed by Nancy Carlin. Photo: mellophoto.com.
The Mitzvah Project in association with PlayGround presents THE OBLIGATION, written and performed by Roger Grunwald, directed by Nancy Carlin. Photo: mellophoto.com.
The Mitzvah Project in association with PlayGround presents THE OBLIGATION, written and performed by Roger Grunwald, directed by Nancy Carlin. Photo: mellophoto.com.
The Mitzvah Project in association with PlayGround presents THE OBLIGATION, written and performed by Roger Grunwald, directed by Nancy Carlin. Photo: mellophoto.com.
The Mitzvah Project in association with PlayGround presents THE OBLIGATION, written and performed by Roger Grunwald, directed by Nancy Carlin. Photo: mellophoto.com.
Roger Grunwald in THE OBLIGATION. Photo: Leonardo Correa.
Roger Grunwald in THE OBLIGATION. Photo by Leonardo Correa.
Roger Grunwald in THE OBLIGATION. Photo: Leonardo Correa.
Roger Grunwald in THE OBLIGATION. Photo: Leonardo Correa.
Roger Grunwald in THE OBLIGATION. Photo: Leonardo Correa.
Roger Grunwald in THE OBLIGATION. Photo: Leonardo Correa.