Arthur Miller's "Incident at Vichy" will be presented March 9 through 18 in the Fullerton College Studio Theatre.
The play, which Miller adapted for television in 1964, deals with the Nazis' inhuman treatment of Jews and the burden of guilt all men must share. The theme of the play is thus "responsibility," of. and for humans.
The one-act play will present characters who wonder why they were put in a detention room of a Nazi police station in Vichy in 1942.
At first, they all hope they were put there for their identity papers to be checked. Later, they find out that they are all Jews or suspected Jews, and therefore jailed.
Miller's prime interest centers on one German and two of the prisoners. The German is a wounded combat officer who is forced into police assignment and hates it. The other is a former French officer who makes attempts to escape. The third is an Austrian nobleman who left Vienna in disgust after the Nazi occupation. He finds the Nazis crude, vulgar and tasteless.
The play is directed by George L.O. Stoughton, with assistance of student director Richard Bauer. "The play is not depressing at all, but very interesting," commented Bauer. "The casting went fine and rehearsals are going very well."
The student director seems enthusiastic about the play and the audience when predicting that "it should be full every night."
Curtaintime is at 8 p.m. except for the matinee at 5 p.m. Sunday, March 12.
Tickets for "Incident at Vichy" are $2.50 for adults, $1.50 for students. Group rates are also available. Tickets can be reserved by calling Theatre Arts Department at (714) 871-8101, weekdays between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.