One night only: Wiesenthal

by | Oct 27, 2022 | Featured

Tuesday, November 15, 7 pm

Wells Theatre, Norfolk

Virginia Stage Company and the Holocaust Commission of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater will host writer-performer Tom Dugan to present his one-man play about the Nazi hunter, Simon Wiesenthal.

This 90-minute powerhouse production will benefit the Holocaust Commission. One performance will be open to the public on November 15 and a subsidized student show will take place the next morning on Wednesday, November 16 at 10:30 am.

The lead sponsor for this event is Bank of America. Additional support comes from Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers.

Wiesenthal is the inspiring true story of Simon Wiesenthal, filled with hope, humanity, and humor. Sometimes referred to as the “Jewish James Bond,” he devoted his life to bringing more than 1,000 Nazi war criminals to justice.

Intelligent, funny, flawed, and noble, Wiesenthal was a true universal hero. His unbelievable dedication and tenacity over decades are honored in this play, which gives equal weight to his wisdom and wit during his long, purposeful life.

“We are thrilled to bring Tom Dugan as Simon Wiesenthal to our community,” says Elena Barr Baum, immediate past Holocaust Commission director.

“Commission member Vivian Margulies spearheaded the drive for this event, originally scheduled for October of 2020, after she had seen it in Atlanta. Bringing live theater is one of the many ways the Commission educates students and community members about the lessons of the Holocaust, and how important they are to understanding our world today,” says Baum.

This award-winning play has received rave reviews from critics across the country and has had triumphant runs in both the California and New York theatre communities. During the past 10 years, Dugan has emerged as the bright new voice of one-man theatre in America.

This production is appropriate and encouraged for ages 13 and up.

For the public performance on November 15, general admission tickets are $45 in the orchestra and $35 in the mezzanine, and can be purchased or over the phone by calling the Virginia Stage Company box office at 757-627-1234.

For tickets for the November 16 student performance, email director of education at VSC, Bethany Mayo, at