Homecoming 2017 will see the return of the SAU-beloved production, Meeting in Munich, to the White Auditorium stage. The show, which debuted during SAU’s 2004 homecoming weekend, has been performed on campus several times within the last 13 years.
Set in 1933 Germany, Meeting in Munich explores the conflict that arises when a small Munich church is torn between following the edicts of the government and protecting their children from Nazi influence.
“Meeting in Munich is an attempt to reenact an emotional and intellectual whirlwind that swept into congregations throughout Germany months after the election of Adolf Hitler as chancellor,” says Paul Patton, professor of communication and writer of the play. “It was a period of cultural chaos few citizens of our country can imagine. With it came an intense longing for a restored equilibrium — a longing so severe that any seemingly comprehensible solution, even those with outlandish and reprehensible price tags, seemed necessary and strangely moral.”
“I love to write about portions of history that were significant challenges to the church,” says Patton. “I’ve been studying the confessing church’s defiance of national socialist policy in Germany since I was a student at SAU in the early 1970s. To reenact a little-known portion of Lutheran history is both exciting and sobering!”
In addition to Patton’s original writing, Meeting in Munich will feature an original score by SAU community member Brandon Dean. CDs containing music that SAU’s theater department has commissioned through the years will be available for purchase before and after the show.
Meeting in Munich will be shown in White Auditorium on Friday, Sept. 29, at 8 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 30, at 2 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 1, at 6 p.m. The run time for Meeting in Munich is approximately 40 minutes.
Auditions for the show will take place on Thursday, Sept. 7, and Friday, Sept. 8.