Macht Frei

Veering between Dachau concentration camp in 1943 and New York City’s Upper East Side in 2020, Macht Frei is a short play that explores the blood memory of inherited Jewish trauma, intergenerational disconnect, and all the things history has failed to teach us—despite its violent insistence on repeating itself.
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Macht Frei

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  • Shaun Leisher:
    10 Aug. 2021
    The vast divide between the conversations being had by people of different generations is enthralling. Halle has written a bold and necessary commentary on how the 2 main stances on Israel today compare to the struggles of Jewish people 80 years ago. Gonna be thinking about this play for awhile.
  • Vince Gatton:
    9 Aug. 2021
    Damn, Justin Aaron Halle is not playing around or pulling punches. Macht Frei is a scathing, emotionally brutal, highly theatrical cris de coeur against, yes, fascism, but moreso against complacency among those who should know better. Savage and righteous at once.
  • Veronica Tjioe:
    8 Aug. 2021
    I haven't been able to stop thinking about this play since I first read it a few months ago. It is brilliant, incisive, and visceral while managing to be both funny and devastating. It is also so beautifully theatrical, with a masterful use of visual elements that any creative team would be lucky to take on. Would love to see this produced one day soon!