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When Yellow Were The Stars On Earth
Cabrini Repertory Thetare
New York, NY
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Saturday Jan 04, 2014 8:30 PM - Sunday Feb 02, 2014 2:30 PM | $20.00 - $28.00


When Yellow Were The Stars On Earth



A WWII Drama About The Holocaust by Franco Moschetti

January 2014- 12 Performances

. . . . . . . .  - Saturday 4@8:30 - Sunday 5@3 -

Friday 10@8:30 - Saturday 11@8:30 - Sunday 12@3

Friday 17@8:30 - Saturday 18@8:30 - Sunday 19@3

Friday 24@8:30 - Saturday 25@8:30 - Sunday 26@3

Closing night Saturday February 1@8:30

Cabrini Repertory Theatre

701 FT Washington Ave
New York, NY, 10040

One night in Berlin, 1943, during an SS raid, a German Cabaret singer opens her door to save a Jewish Resistance fighter. As the hours unfold, destiny winds their lives more tightly together until there is no turning back. When Yellow Were the Stars on Earth tells a story of two rarely written about realities: Jewish female fighters and Germans who died refusing to be part of Nazi machinery. Amidst the atrocities of WWII, these women transcend enemy lines and, in their final moments, make an ultimate sacrifice for love.

The tragedy of the Holocaust is written in indelible ink on our past. It has left a deep scar on our history and is profoundly connected to another subject that has little been dealt with; the considerable number of people who died opposing the horrors of the Nazi machine. Most of them are not remembered as heroes and their stories were never known; they've just been forgotten, swallowed by time. When Yellow Were the Stars on Earth was written out of a personal wish to create an imaginary place in time and space where, for once, a German Jew (Miriam) and a German (Klara) could meet, look at each other beyond the tragedies that linked them during WWII, and express the primal love that is common to all souls.

Letter from the Writer/Director Franco Moschetti

It is with great pleasure that I invite you to get to know a play I've written.

When Yellow Were the Stars on Earth

The play takes place in Berlin in 1943 and explores two areas of WWII phenomena that are rarely spoken of. To my knowledge, a play that deals with female Jewish Resistance fighters and Germans who oppose the Nazi Regime enough to die for their beliefs has never been written. The story centers on two such characters, both women.

The Jewish Resistance fighter is a German that risks her life every day to defeat the Nazi machinery responsible for killing so many members of her race, including her husband and the second German woman is a Cabaret singer who, while trapped in a relationship with a brutal SS Captain, sheds secret tears of pain knowing that her fellow countrymen are murdering millions in Forests shootings in Germany occupied countries, most of them Jews.  It would have been a rare moment in time for these two women to meet.

I have been immersed in studying Holocaust phenomena for many years and continue to be deeply pained by the killing of 12 millions people of which 6 million Jews. I have collected a large number of documentaries from around the world and many books that report in detail on the long journey of despair that Jewish European citizens endured. It's no coincidence that my closest friends are Jewish. Although I am Italian and was raised Catholic, my empathy runs so deep that I feel I am a member of the Jewish race. I've also thoroughly studied the history of Germany from the beginning of the 20th Century until the 1960s. I and many others have always been startled by how German citizens were completely seduced by Hitler and forced into events created by the F├╝hrer and his fellow aids. The question of questions asked so many times before is how could a group of people like the Germans, so refined and evolved, masters in so many fields of art and, above all, lovers of the intimate essence of nature, be drawn into the dark events of WWII?

What many don't know is that a considerable number of Germans died opposing the horrors of the Nazi machine. They are not remembered as heroes.

My play was written out of a personal wish to create an imaginary place in time when, for once, a German (Klara) and a German Jew (Miriam) could meet, look at each other beyond their ethnic imprint and the tragedy that linked them during WWII, and find the primal love that is common to all souls.

Klara dies under interrogation in an SS station for hiding and not revealing the whereabouts of Miriam, the resistance fighter she sheltered in her apartment for just a few hours. Miriam, in turn, dies while attempting to liberate Klara from the grip of the SS that tortured and killed her. By the end of the play, it is apparent that the good and heroic nature of the German tradition is at its best in Klara and Miriam who would rather lose her life than be party to the Nazi regime, and the transcendent heroism is equally alive in both, whom are ready to love one of their "enemies" and die knowing that to attempt to save them is equal to a suicide verdict.



January 2014- 12 Performances

. . . . . . .   - Saturday 4@9 - Sunday 5@3 -

Friday 10@8:30 - Saturday 11@9 - Sunday 12@3

Friday 17@8:30 - Saturday 18@9 - Sunday 19@3

Friday 24@8:30 - Saturday 25@9 - Sunday 26@3

Closing night Saturday February 1@8:30

Full Cast

Franco Moschetti Writer/Director

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is a playwright and director of theater and film. He is the founder and Artistic Director of The Cabrini Repertory Theater, and creator of the Thespis and Venus/Adonis Theater Festival/Competitions. His recent work includes writing and directing War Is Over, in 2009 a short film denouncing war, that was screened in Rome, Milan, Ghent, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Ottawa, New York, San Diego and Las Vegas. He also wrote and directed It Was A Girl in 2010, a short film that raised awareness about the  controversial tragedy of abortion. It was screened at New York Film Academy in New York.
In 2012, he directed co-wrote with Michele Farbman That is How I Left (, a powerful biographical play staged at the Living Theater to critical acclaim. When Yellow Were the Stars On Earth is an original play about transcendence and reconciliation during the Holocaust. Franco is currently writing a film adaptation of the play.

Michele Farbman as Miriam


Michele Farbman is an actress and playwright. Her original play That Is How I Left, which she wrote and played lead in, was successfully presented at The Living Theater in 2012.  She played lead in When Yellow Were the Stars on Earth in 2011 to a sold out run and will play the role again at Cabrini Repertory Theater in January, 2014. She spent three years performing with Urban Research Theater, a NYC-based physical and vocal theater company and performed her solo show A Question for Antigone at The Medicine Show Theater in 2011. She has also acted in numerous short films that were featured in festivals and screenings throughout New York City.

Gudrun Buhler as Klara


is a member of the HB-Studio acting ensemble. Her recent acting performances, lead roles, include the title role in Jeanne D'Arc at the Connelly Theatre, Elena in "A Persian Garden, Jenny "Three Penny Opera", Klara "When Yellow were the Stars on Earth" at the Manhattan Repertory Theatre on Broadway and the Nurse in "Romeo and Juliet the Musical" at the Cabrini Repertory Theatre. Gudrun has performed in Venues like the Baden-Baden Festspielhaus, Karlsruhe Staatstheatre, Kaiserslautern Staatstheater, the Axelrod Theatre NJ and many more.

Curtis Nielsen as Gunter

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He was seen in the National Solo Tour Three Cups of Tea directed by Wynn Handman; Dylan (Dylan Thomas), Hamlet (Hamlet) (at St. Clement's); The Dancer (CRT's Thespis Festival Award, Best Actor) Mata Hari  (Planet Connections Festival Award nomination, Best Actor) The Proposal (Ivan) (NCT, NYTheater Visions Award, Best Actor)

Kazy Tauginas as Fritz


hails from Oak Park, IL, the birthplace of Ernest Hemingway. Prior to moving to New York, he graduated from the University of Delaware with a degree in Health and Exercise Science.  He studied Acting for Film at the New York Film Academy. Since his graduation in 2009, he's been in numerous independent film titles including "Terminal Legacy", directed by Brian Kazmarck.  "The Broken Tower" directed by James Franco. "Sheer" directed by Ruben Mazzoleni. This is his second time working on the stage with Director Franco Moschetti.

Matt McAllister as Herman


is a New York based actor who has appeared as the Talking Dog in An Adult Evening of Shel Silverstein at the Baruch Performing Arts Center, Jordan in That is How I left at the living Theater in 2012, and most recently Promptcash in Self at the Metropolitan Playhouse. You can see him as Gary Bradley in the ID channell's Evil, I and was recently featured as a "cabbie" in the New York Television Festival selection #Doorman.

Marcello Padilla as Hans

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is  a graduate of the Stella Adler Studio of Acting and the New York Film Academy Musical Theatre Conservatory. He is a member of the Red Tie Mafia improv troupe, and other current projects include work of William Shakespeare's Pericles and a new version of the classic Greek tragedie Medea rewritten by Becca Brunstetter, as well as the new musical Venice Beach which he co wrote with his Father Mario Padilla. Past credits include Tommy Ross in Carrie: The Musical, Julio in the new web series People You Know, the Ordinary Man in PINCHBOTTOM's Pretencion, Lord Capulet in Romeo and Juliet The Musical, Henrik Egerman in A Little Night Music, and Tommy Djilas in The Music Man.

John Larkin as Joseph


is the son of Audrey and acclaimed thespian, John Larkin.  John has been in numerous film and television productions.  One of his latest endeavors was a web series entitled "Paulie Pastrami" -   He can also be seen in "The Dispatcher" . He has an upcoming television appearance playing a starring role as Sheriff Doug Harvey in "The Bad Old Days" episode the entitled "Co-ed Killers" which will air on the Discovery ID channel.

Brenton Duplessie as Wolfgang

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is a 2009 New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts Alumni. His past stage credit's include: (Steve Savage) in "Stripped",(Nicholas) in "Love Hurts".
Feature Films include: "Jersey Shore Massacre" , "Privacy" directed by Jorg Ihle which won the 'Visionary Filmmaker Award' at GenArt Film Festival 2012. Brenton also played (Dallas Christian) in the TV Show "Redrum" 'Twisted Ties' on the Investigation Discovery Channel.

Wanda O'Connell as Eva

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a native Bostonian, studied with the drama department at Northeastern University and with Michael Shurtleff.  Since 1996 Wanda has lived in the New York City area where she has acted extensively both on stage and in film.  A few of her favorite stage roles have been Lady Bracknell in "The Importance of Being Earnest", Dolly in "The Matchmaker", Mrs. Holly in "Suddenly Last Summer", and Anne Shankland in "Separate Tables".,

Rhea Ross as Ann


is the Executive Director of The Kesher Project - an agency of the  UJA/Federation in Connecticut that keeps Judaism present in the lives of high functioning special needs adults living in group homes and private residences. She is a graduate of The School of Life. Her acting debut was
in the 2012 NY Fringe Festival in an autobiographical play That Is How I Left

Patrick Bakalli light and sound deigner
Patrick Bakalli has been a lighting and sound design technician for more than 15 years. Before joining Cabrini Repertory Theater as Audio and Visual Director, he ran the a/v department for AIDS non-profit The One Foundation, which utilized Patrick's skills for staged performances, both in & out of doors. He has been with Cabrini Rep since the theater opened, and has since designed projections & run tech for many plays, increasing each show's ability to run smoothly and look as stylishly beautiful as possible. The majority of shows that Patrick has teched have gone on to the finals.


Cabrini Repertory Thetare (View)
701 FT Washington AVE
New York, NY 10040
United States



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