"Olympics Über Alles"

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A Catholic curator and a Jewish professor investigate why two Jewish runners were cut from the US Olympic team in the 1936 Berlin games

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  • $35 for one ticket to see Olympics Über Alles (up to $66.50 value)
  • When: select dates, September 3–21
  • Where: St. Luke’s Theatre
  • Seating: best available
  • Door time: 30 minutes before showtime
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Olympics Über Alles

It’s an inspiring story that testifies to the anti-prejudicial philosophy dear to many American’s hearts: how African-American track star Jesse Owens embarrassed Hitler at the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games by taking home four gold medals and shattering the theory of Aryan supremacy. But there’s another story to be told about those games—one that stars two lesser-known runners and shows a darker side of the US. Marty Glickman and Sam Stoller were two promising young runners who qualified for the US 4x100 meter relay team but were cut the morning of the race. No satisfying reasons were ever given, and the suspected motivation was deeply disturbing: Glickman and Stoller were Jewish, and the American officials were apparently willing to cut them to appease their Nazi hosts.

In the first full staging of this play by Northeastern English professor Samuel J. Bernstein, audiences glance not only on those games, but also on the echoes of that event. In the present day, a Jewish professor and a Catholic museum curator investigate the incident, and as they struggle for the truth, they must also confront the prejudices they have themselves internalized.

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