The Soap Myth by Jeff Cohen is probably one of the most important pieces of theatre, an intense and affecting play expertly directed by the incomparable Harris Yulin.
All I can really say is get your tickets now, folks.
The cast is extraordinary.
Maddie Rubin excellently portrays Annie Blumberg, the story's narrator - who helps Holocaust survivor Milton Saltzman, brilliantly portrayed Tony nominee Bob Gunton, get the atrocity of Soap displayed in Holocaust museums. It is thrilling to see Mr. Gunton back on the stage. Milton is fiercely adamant that this soap is made from the bodies of those murdered in the Holocaust. In the course of the investigation, Annie is soon caught between Saltzman and the position of scholars who fear publishing anything related to soap as fact without corroboration could embolden Holocaust deniers.
Rounding out the astonishing cast is a brilliant performance by Tony and Drama Desk Award winner John Rubinstein and the great Carolyn McCormick.No wonder the engaged audience gave a well deserved standing ovation in the end. You'll also find an involved audience at the talk-backs after the performance. On Mr. Yulin's superb creative team is set designer Andrew Boyce, Tony nominated lighting designer Dennis Parichy, and costume designer Krista Pineman. Mr. Boyce's set for the intimate Long Island venue is brilliantly minimal; a few chairs that are arranged around the stage throughout the show.This allows the story and the actors' fierce delivery to take center stage leaving the audience truly shaken.
The Soap Myth is definitely a must see this season. This is an incredible piece that educates you and leaves you spellbound. A gripping story and this incredible cast make for an emotional night of theatre.
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"The Soap Myth is DEVESTATING!"
"Bob Gunton is the driving force of this production as he portrays Milton Saltzman, a holocaust survivor. Mr. Gunton is superb at being the force to be reckoned with and a man on a most important mission. His performance is alone worth the price of the ticket.
Intense, powerful, meaningful drama, The Soap Myth is a testament to the skills and brilliance of playwright Jeff Cohen. This play is a “must see,” but even more importantly, a must “never forget.”
Bob Gunton - The Shawshank Redemption, two-time Tony nominee (Sweeney Todd, Evita)
Carolyn McCormick - Law & Order's Dr. Elizabeth Olivet, Drama Desk winner, Lortel nominee
John Rubinstein - Tony & Drama Desk Award winner
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Come to Southampton Cultural Center In Drama Desk Award Winner Jeff Cohen’s Acclaimed Play
“THE SOAP MYTH”
Broadway’s best comes to Southampton Cultural Center this summer in Drama Desk Award winner JEFF COHEN’s acclaimed drama “THE SOAP MYTH” directed by the Hamptons’ beloved HARRIS YULIN.
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Special thanks to Bobbie Braun, Danny Spungen, Ben Waldshan, Paul McComas, Kirsten Lonnie, Rick Schlosser, Alex Keisch, Rick Salomon, Gerald Barad, Scott Menchin, Arnold Mittelman, Randy Levin, JCOH, Congregation Shalom, Adam Weinstock, and, of blessed memory, the late Ed Asner and Ned Eisenberg.
This production of “The Soap Myth” is made possible in part by the support of The Neuwirth Foundation, The Spungen Foundation, Pat Blake, and Red Spear Productions.
Please Note: Due to the ongoing and unpredictable situation with COVID and its variants, the producers of The Soap Myth reserve the right to only admit audience members with proof of full vaccination and to require all audience members to wear masks during the performance. The health of our cast and our audience is paramount and we believe that taking steps to prevent the spread of COVID is worth the minor inconvenience of vaccines and masks.
ABOUT JEFF COHEN’S “THE SOAP MYTH”
Jeff Cohen’s drama is considered one of the most important plays about the Holocaust by the foremost Holocaust historians in the world. The play directly engages one of the central issues of our time – Who has the right to write history? Fifty years after the end of World War II a passionate Holocaust survivor and a young journalist find themselves caught between numerous versions of the same story: Did the Nazis make soap from the corpses of their murdered victims? The play confronts the dangerous rise of anti-Semitism and exposes the pernicious scourge of Holocaust denial. Ultimately, The Soap Myth is a call to action: as the survivors of the Holocaust die off, who will be left to tell their story?
After a critically acclaimed Off Broadway run at the Roundabout Black Box in 2012, The Soap Myth toured the U.S. as a staged “concert reading” featuring such highly acclaimed, award winning actors as Ed Asner, Richard Dreyfuss, Harris Yulin, Tovah Feldshuh, Jayne Atkinson and Johanna Day.
The New York Times:
A pointed investigation of the politics of history. A revelation. Genuinely moving!
The New York Post:
Mesmerizing! Forceful! Powerful!
The Jewish Voice:
“The Soap Myth" continues to haunt me, it is theatre of witness at its best.
“There are certain movies, plays, books that one wishes would never end. For me, “The Soap Myth” is one of those extraordinary plays.”
Rabbi Josh Franklin, Jewish Center of The Hamptons:
“Thank you again for an evening that we will always remember at the Jewish Center. I was more moved by your play than anything I’ve seen or read in quite some time. I hope it continues to find audiences far and wide.”
Michael Berenbaum, founding Project Director of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum:
“I urge audiences to see The Soap Myth. Experience it, interact with it, confront it, wrestle with it, engage it and challenge it.”
Rabbi Arnie Rachlis, University Synagogue (Irvine, CA):
“Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for a most memorable and powerful evening. It was a profound artistic and intellectual experience, ethically challenging, painful at times, and that was its greatness. It continues to haunts me.”
Mandy Greenfield, artistic director of the Williamstown Theater Festival:
“I can say with utter confidence the audience was reached, moved and transformed by the play. It felt epic, historic, important and meaningful beyond words - an evening this festival will not soon forget.”
Legendary actor/director Harris Yulin directs “THE SOAP MYTH”. He won the 2006 Lucille Lortel Award for directing Horton Foote’s “The Trip To Bountiful”. His numerous Broadway and Off Broadway acting credits including “Watch on the Rhine”, “The Diary of Anne Frank”, “The Price” and “Hedda Gabler” garnering an Obie Award and 2 Drama Desk Award nominations. Harris’s numerous film and TV credits have made him one of the most prolific and highly praised actors in Hollywood. Roles include Wyatt Earp in “Doc,” opposite Stacy Keach and Faye Dunaway, James Cutter opposite Harrison Ford in “Clear and Present Danger”, Leon Friedman opposite Denzel Washington in “Hurricane”, Detective Doug Roselli, again opposite Denzel Washington, in “Training Day”, and Joe Wilf opposite Richard Gere in “Norman”. TV viewers know Harris from his Emmy Award nominated performance as Joe Belasco on “Frasier”, Deek Peasley in “How The West Was Won,” Roger Stanton in“24” Aamin Maaritza in “Star Trek – Deep Space Nine”, General Dan Shomron in “Victory at Entebbe” and his series stealing role as Buddy Dieker on “Ozark”. Film critic Jim Emerson once remarked: “Harris Yulin should be in every movie ever made!”
Bob Gunton received Tony Award nominations for his portrayals of Juan Peron opposite Patti Lupone in Evita! and Sweeney in the Broadway revival of Sweeney Todd. He is best known for starring as Warden Norton opposite Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman in the blockbuster film “The Shawshank Redemption” which is voted the best film of all time by IMDB. Among his numerous TV credits, he starred opposite Patrick Stewart and Colm Meaney as Captain Benjamin Maxwell in “Star Trek – The Next Generation”, he portrayed Chief of Staff Ethan Kanin opposite Cherry Jones in “24”, and was Noah Taylor in “Desperate Housewives”. Along with “The Shawshank Redemption” he has starred in such feature films as “Glory”, “Dolores Claiborne”, “The Perfect Storm”, “61*”, “I Heart Huckabees”, “The Lincoln Lawyer”, and “Argo”.
An acclaimed, award-winning stage actress (Drama Desk Award, Lucille Lortel nomination), Carolyn McCormick’s Broadway credits include Neil Simon’s “The Dinner Party” and “Equus” opposite Richard Griffiths and Daniel Radcliffe. She is best known as Dr. Elizabeth Olivet in over one hundred episodes of NBC’s “Law & Order” franchise. “Law & Order”, which began broadcasting in 1990, is the longest running series in television history and airs continuously in marathon reruns on cable and around the world. Carolyn is also known for her starring roles in such feature films as “Nights in Rodanthe” opposite Richard Gere and Diane Lane, Wolfgang Peterson’s “Enemy Mine” opposite Dennis Quaid and “A Simple Twist of Fate” opposite Steve Martin. Fans of “Star Trek: The Next Generation” know Carolyn as the holodeck simulation Minuet, and Minuet Riker.
Tony Award winner John Rubinstein is one of stage and screens most acclaimed and recognizable actors. He made his Broadway debut creating the title role of Pippin opposite Ben Vereen in Bob Fosse’s blockbuster hit musical that ran for almost 2000 performances. (He also starred in the 2013 revival, this time as Pippen’s father Charlemagne). He starred in Children of a Lesser God at the Mark Taper Forum in LA and on Broadway, winning the Tony, Drama Desk, LA Drama Critics and Dramalogue awards. The New York Times’ Walter Kerr praised his performance as “…brilliantly exuberant (and) dazzlingly accomplished.” He has appeared in a starring role on Broadway a dozen times and has acted in over 200 TV shows (including an Emmy nomination for the series “Family”) as well as over 50 feature films. John’s father was Arthur Rubinstein, considered by many to be the greatest concert pianist of the Twentieth Century.
Rounding out the cast of “THE SOAP MYTH” as journalist Annie Blumberg is up and coming actress Maddie Rubin. Maddie is a recent graduate of Carnegie Mellon University's acclaimed Theater Program.
Playwright Jeff Cohen was the recipient of the 2002 Drama Desk Award for The Tribeca Playhouse Stage Door Canteen, a 10-week USO-style show in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks to “entertain the troops” – the rescue and recovery workers at Ground Zero – with performers that included Sandy Duncan, Kristen Chenoweth, Colin Quinn, Mario Cantone, Phylicia Rashad and dozens more. His play “Men of Clay” was a Time Out New York Critics Pick and selected Best New Play of 2005 by the City Paper. His stage adaptation of the Christopher Stokes short story “The Man Who Ate Michael Rockefeller” was a New York Times and Time Out New York Critics Pick. His adaptation of “The Seagull” set in the Hamptons in the 1990’s featured the stage debut of Laura Linney along with DB Sweeney and Carol Lynley. The New York Times wrote: “The characters have a ferocious vitality and brilliance that are bold and exciting to watch. Laura Linney’s portrays Nina with stinging force and clarity. She is clearly a talent of enormous potential.” The adaptation was a Boston Globe Critics Pick and selected one of the Ten Best Productions of 1998. His work as director and producer of such plays as Tristine Skyler’s The Moonlight Room (Ten Best Plays of 2003, The NY Times), Christopher Shinn’s Four and Marlene Meyer’s The Mystery of Attraction have garnered the Obie award, the Outer Critic’s Circle Award, the Lucille Lortel Award, the GLAAD Media Award and the AUDELCO Award.