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Members of the Atlanta Opera Studio will be joined by local favorite Tom Key as they perform selections from composer Jake Heggie‘s and librettist Gene Scheer’s Out of Darkness: Two Remain, a moving two-act opera based on true stories of two Holocaust survivors.
Led by cast members and local community leaders, the evening’s discussion will focus on the ongoing importance of Holocaust education as well as the impact of Paragraph 175, a provision of the German Criminal Code that made homosexuality illegal. This provision led to the persecution of thousands of LGBTQ+ people in Nazi Germany.

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ABOUT THE OPERA: Presented by The Atlanta Opera in collaboration with Theatrical Outfit, Out of Darkness: Two Remain is an opera based, in part, on the true stories of two Holocaust survivors: the Polish dissident Krystyna Zywulska (1914–1993) and the gay German Jew, Gad Beck (1923– 2012). Source material for Gene Scheer’s libretto includes documents and journals in the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, Zywulska’s I Survived Auschwitz (1946), as well as various interviews, including several from the film Paragraph 175, directed by Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Friedman. 


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  • Bryn Holdsworth
  • Gina Perregrino
  • Jasmine Habersham
  • Tom Key
  • Christopher Dunham
  • Rolando Salazar

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  • Tom Key: Gad Beck in Out of Darkness (Artistic Director, Theatrical Outfit)
  • Ryan Roemerman: Executive Director, LGBT Institute
  • Rebecca Staple-Wax: Executive Director, SOJOURN
  • Dr. Andrea Videlefsky: Founding member and current President of Am Yisrael Chai and the Founder of The Daffodil Project
  • Tomer Zvulun: Director of Out of Darkness (General & Artistic Director of The Atlanta Opera)

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March 14, 2018
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Event Space

100 Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd
Atlanta, GA United States
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Event Space

National Center for Civil and Human Rights
100 Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd
Atlanta, GA United States
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