Liebert To Direct London Show

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For many years, Mark Liebert lived in Verona and directed shows at Montclair’s Studio Playhouse. Now a resident of Florida, he’s going even further afield for his next production. This September, Liebert will be directing a play in London.

“Wiesenthal” is a one-man show about Simon Wiesenthal, who survived a Nazi concentration camp and then worked to bring Nazi war criminals to justice.

Liebert first got to see the show in 2018, when it was staged at an off-Broadway theater in New York City. He bought the rights to produce it from writer Tom Dugan, and then sketched out a plan to bring it to venues in and around our area. “We saw this as a piece that needed to be in schools,” Liebert says.

“It is not just a Holocaust story,” he adds. “With these crazy times we live in, it remains pertinent.”

The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted that plan. In the fall of 2021, Liebert was finally able to put on “Wiesenthal” at Studio Playhouse, with various family members handling tasks from the show’s sound design to its marketing. Kevin Ohlweiler, another Verona resident, did the lighting design for the show. Liebert then did a number of other productions in New Jersey.

Last year, the show’s long-time performer, Christopher C. Gibbs, was able secure a spot for it in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the world’s largest performing arts festival. “Wiesenthal” played to a sold-out house and got great reviews. “People said we’ve got to take this to London,” Liebert says.

And so they did. “Wiesenthal” will be performed at the King’s Head Theatre from September 3 to September 15. Liebert will arrive in London a week before the curtain goes up. “It’s unbelievable and unbelievably exciting,” he says.

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