Play seeks truth about role of lies

The Wellingtonian - - Front Page -

A new play that has just opened at Circa The­atre, has a per­sonal con­nec­tion for play­wright De­siree Gezentsvey.

In­spired by Chris­tine Le­unens’ novel of the same name, Cag­ing Skies is set dur­ing WWII and fo­cuses on Jo­hannes a zeal­ous mem­ber of the Vi­enna Hitler Youth and Elsa a Jewish woman hid­ing in his fam­ily home.

The daugh­ter of a Holo­caust survivor, Gezentsvey said she wanted to ex­plore the role lies played in an en­vi­ron­ment of fear and self­p­reser­va­tion.

‘‘The whole thing is so rel­e­vant with what is hap­pen­ing to­day,’’ Gezentsvey said. ‘‘It is not just an­other war story.’’

The play was about un­der­stand­ing how an in­no­cent mind be­came caught in the lie of the Hitler Youth, she said.

‘‘The whole fake news is so huge right now, you don’t know what to be­lieve.’’

Gezentsvey took the crux of Le­unens’ 2008 novel to cre­ate the stage play which is di­rected by An­drew Foster.

For her the story ex­plored how im­pres­sion­able young peo­ple could be ex­ploited by lies at the po­lit­i­cal and per­sonal level.

Cag­ing Skies ex­am­ines how an in­no­cent mind be­came caught in the lie of the Hitler Youth.

De­siree Gezentsvey

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