The Investigation

Theater of War Productions and the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, in partnership with National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene, will present readings of scenes from Peter Weiss’ play The Investigation, a piece of documentary theater adapted from the Frankfurt Auschwitz Trials of 1963-65 when 22 mid- and lower-level Nazi officials were tried for crimes against humanity in the Auschwitz-Birkenau complex. The project will center on guided audience discussions about mass murder and its lasting impact upon individuals, families, communities, and countries throughout the world. The presentation will be performed by a diverse cast, including international performers from communities affected by genocide.

Adapted and facilitated by Theater of War Productions’ Co-Founder and Artistic Director Bryan Doerries, The Investigation will seek to generate powerful dialogue across cultures and communities about the human capacity for evil, as well as the systems and hierarchies that create the conditions for unthinkable violence.

The Investigation is made possible by the generous support of Bruce Ratner.


Josh Hamilton (“Eighth Grade”), Jennifer Mudge (“The Irishman”), NYC Public Advocate Jumaane Williams (Antigone in “Ferguson”), David Patrick Kelly (“Twin Peaks”), Consolee Nishimwe (Rwandan Genocide Survivor), Jacqueline Murekatete (Rwandan Genocide Survivor), Chris Henry Coffey (“Chicago Fire”), Marjolaine Goldsmith (“Dress”), John Doman (“The Wire”), Jesse Eisenberg (“The Social Network”), Kathryn Erbe (“Law & Order: Criminal Intent”),  Zach Grenier (“The Good Wife,”).

About Theatre of War

Since its founding in 2009, Theater of War Productions has facilitated events for over 150,000 people, presenting over 20 different tailored programs targeted to diverse communities across the globe. The company works with professional actors to present dramatic readings of seminal plays—from classical Greek tragedies to modern works—to provide a framework for engaging communities in challenging dialogues about human suffering.

The company uses a combination of theater and guided public dialogue to help communities address pressing public health and social issues such as combat-related psychological injury, suicide, end-of-life care, police/community relations, prison reform, gun violence, political violence, natural and manmade disaster, domestic violence, substance abuse, and addiction. Theater of War Productions was co-founded by Bryan Doerries and Phyllis Kaufman, who served as producing director from 2009 to 2016. Doerries currently serves as the company’s artistic director. For more information, visit:

January 16 , 2020

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