Out of Darkness Preview and Discussion

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  • Wednesday, Mar 14, 2018 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.


Center for Civil and Human Rights
100 Ivan Allen Jr Blvd


Experience selections from composer Jake Heggie‘s and librettist Gene Scheer‘s moving two-act opera Out of Darkness: Two Remain followed by a community dialogue on the impact of Paragraph 175 in the German Criminal Code that criminalized homosexuality. This provision led to the persecution of thousands of LGBTQ+ people in Nazi Germany. 

This program is in partnership with The Atlanta Opera.

ABOUT THE OPERA: Presented by The Atlanta Opera in collaboration with Theatrical Outfit, Out of Darkness: Two Remain is an opera based, in part, on the true stories of two Holocaust survivors: the Polish dissident Krystyna Zywulska (1914–1993) and the gay German Jew, Gad Beck (1923– 2012). Source material for Gene Scheer’s libretto includes documents and journals in the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, Zywulska’s I Survived Auschwitz (1946), as well as various interviews, including several from the film Paragraph 175, directed by Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Friedman. 

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