All is Calm: the Christmas Truce of 1914
by Peter Rothstein, Erick Litche and Timothy C. Takach
directed by Chad Swan-Badgero
Performed in Lansing, Grand Rapids and Detroit
About this Production
After a SOLD OUT run last season, PCTC brings back this moving holiday event performed at venues across the state for three nights only!
The Western Front, Christmas, 1914. Out of the violence a silence, then a song. A German soldier steps into No Man’s Land singing “Stille Nacht.” Thus begins an extraordinary night of camaraderie, music and peace. A remarkable true story, told in the words and songs of the men who lived it.
All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914 recounts an astounding moment in history when Allied and German soldiers laid down their arms to celebrate Christmas together, sharing food and drink, playing soccer, singing carols and burying each other’s dead. In some places along the Western Front the truce lasted a single night, and in others it endured until New Year’s Day. This dramatic re-telling weaves together firsthand accounts by 30 World War I soldiers with music including patriotic tunes, trench songs and Christmas carols.
All performances begin at 7pm. Events are free and open to the public.
Performances for “All Is Calm” will take place in these three locations across the state:
- Wednesday December 7 (LANSING) – Michigan History Center, 702 W Kalamazoo St, Lansing, MI 48915
- Thursday December 8 (GRAND RAPIDS) – Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, 303 Pearl St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
- Friday December 9 (DETROIT) – Detroit Historical Museum, 5401 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48202
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