Play seeks truth about role of lies
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.