January 26, 2010

My first off-Broadway show (which with luck will not be my last) opens one month from today.


Signs of Life is the story of a young girl who comes of age in the Czech ghetto Terezin, rechristened Theresienstadt by the Nazis, who filled it with Jewish artists, musicians, and intellectuals and turned it into a propaganda tool. Once she and her friends and family realize what lies in store for them, they begin to discover that some truths might be worth dying for.

If you live in or around New York and are interested in seeing the show, go to https://www.ovationtix.com/trs/cal/425 to buy tickets, which are $40-$55 unless you use the promotion code “AMAS,” in which case they’re $32-$47 ($8 off).

If you want to find out more about Signs of Life, you can go to terezinsings.org, a fundraising site the writers set up, and/or terezinmusical.com, a site the producers set up. If you want to hear some music from the show, go to joelderfner.com/music and check the sidebar on the right.

We’ve been in rehearsals for a week, and it’s going to be fabulous, if I do say so myself.

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10 Responses to My first off

  1. Sharon says:

    I am beaming with pride! So awesome!

    (Any chance of a secret video bootleg for those who would love to go but have absolutely no way of doing so? Oh, well. I’ll just pretend to have seen it.)

  2. Alex Foster says:

    That’s a remarkable coincidence – there was a poetry programme about Therezin on the UK’s BBC Radio 4 last week that I was listening to. Rather moving.


  3. Joe Clark says:

    Your typography is a bit expected for that genre, and the centring of credits is questionable, but the overall effect of the poster is quite strong.

  4. Jeff says:

    Excellent. Matt and I are looking forward to seeing it.

  5. Cataline says:

    What’s changed since the version I saw at Symphony Space a couple years ago?

  6. Kevin says:

    Very proud of you! You are an example to young gay men everywhere of how great the possibilities are for the smart-and-fabulous.

    I wish I was in NYC to experience this performance! But, instead, I’m in Maryland, and happy to have the luxury of wishing I was in NYC, now that I have a job and can stop worrying so much about everything quite so much. Please do me the favor of keeping the show running until I have the opportunity to see and hear it. I do appreciate it.

  7. tim says:

    I am so there… and bringing droves of people.

  8. initials says:

    I hope your show ends up touring. The mid-west may be geographically central, but it’s anything but “close” to any sort of first-run cultural event. We’re so behind, I was even excited to see Rent last Monday (despite the fact that the first act suffered from “Shoot the sound-man” syndrome). So, at this rate, I’ll see your show in about, oh, 10 years. I’m looking forward to it! 😉

  9. Mario O. says:

    That’s fantastic FMD! See…another reason I need to take myself out to NYC. But just in case…any chance you can wiggle your nose ala Samantha Stephens and bring your show out west? Well here’s to hoping. Much Success!

  10. John says:

    Oh, Joel, I am so proud of you! And I look forward to hearing stories about the Machiavellian tactics you used to ensure that yours was the first name in the credits (tradition, schmadition, I’m sure there were some dead bodies involved). I also applaud the creative team for the change of title. I never really thought “Terezin” had legs, but then, what do I know?


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