West of the Line, byLos Angeles playwright Jeremiah Munsey, is set in the late stages of World War II. The compelling story focuses on an American soldier Farrell (John Harper) and his friendship with Florian (Ryan K. Burke), the English speaking German soldier who Farrell is assigned to guard. Human relations are a central part of war and sometimes that meant an enemy soldier. Death is an integral part of war as well, and the script covers views of both sides of the line.
A former high school football player, Farrell loves action. That action includes actual battle and battling his inner moral compass. Munsey’s thought provoking and character driven script captures nuances of the day and culture. The production is spiced with music from the era and the use of some German language as well.
Produced in an outdoor courtyard, director R. Norman Knight makes great use of the “stage” with his ensemble that also features Henry Kemp, Ryan Widlick, and Till Wolter.
According to Julianne Homokay, managing director of North By South Theatre, this workshop performance is the company’s first offering. The group’s mission will be to stimulate dialogue on what it means to be human in a chaotic world of rapid change. This current show did create much conversation with the initial audience. So right from the start North By South is moving in the right direction.
West of the Line plays at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday June 1–2. Tickets are $10. For reservations, email email@example.com or call (626) 476-5310. North By South Theatre is located at St. Mark Church inGlendale,1020 North Brand Blvd.