A great interview with Nancy Keystone, the director of the play Apollo, and Eli Rosenbaum, director of the U.S. DOJ Office of Special Investigations, discussing the 2nd act of Apollo. In the 2nd act Arthur Rudolph, a rocket engineer for Nazi Germany who later worked for the U.S. Army and NASA on Apollo and the Saturn V Moon rocket, is being investigated by Eli Rosenbaum about his use of Jewish slave labor at the V-2 production facility in Mittelwerk.
A short description of Apollo:
If the brilliant collage artists Robert Rauschenberg had created a play, this is what it might look like. One of the most adventurous productions ever offered on a PCS stage, Apollo is an epic, multimedia examination of post WWII America which explores the birth of the U.S. space program, its employment of former-Nazi rocket scientists, and their surprising intersection with the Civil Rights Movement. Using the U.S. mission to the moon as a symbol of our country’s greatness, Apollo probes deep into the question: what did we sacrifice to become the America we are today? And was it worth it? Through a kaleidoscopic array of theatrical methods (movement, text, video projection, music), Keystone reveals the costs and ambiguities of human aspiration and progress.
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