Listen To The Play: “The Crowded Hour: VE Day, The Day WW2 Ended in Europe.”
DEARBORN, Mich.–Welcome to the world premiere of The Crowded Hour: VE Day, The Day The War Ended in Europe.
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The Michigan Irish Repertory Theatre planned to premiere the historic play on the stage. But COVID-19 forced us to adapt so we could still produce it without missing the 75th Anniversary of VE Day.
If you would like to support the Michigan Irish Rep, please consider helping us out with the price of a movie ticket. Every $5, $10, $15 helps us and our future, and allows us to pay our actors at a time when they aren’t working much. This is link to our GoFundMe page.
This is the story of events leading up to and on May 7th and 8th, 1945. VE Day is marked on May 8, after the Germans surrendered to both the Allies in Rheims, France, and then to the Russians in Berlin. The dialogue and narrative is based on actual letters, news reports and scholarship by Sir Martin Gilbert.
These narrative details have never been brought to stage or screen. We are glad to be the first.
The play is written and produced by David Kiley, Artistic Director of The Michigan Irish Rep. Sound engineering is by Henry Kiley.
The cast is as follows:
Charles Kiley: John DeMerell
Ed Kennedy: David Kiley
Gen. Bedell Smith: Tony Amato
Gen. Dwight Eisenhower: Mike Olsem
Kay Summersby (Eisenhower’s driver and secretary): Sarah Brown
Dick Underwood (Eisenhowerstaff driver): Ben Apostle
Walter Simpson (Eisenhower’s PR man): Alan Madlane
German Adm. Alfred Jodl: John DeMerell
Hans Georg Friedburg: Tony Amato
Winston Churchill: David Kiley
Josef Stalin: Alan Madlane
AP Editor Taylor: Jenna Kellie Pittman
AP Editor Frank: Henry Kiley
Concentration Camp Survivor: Jenna Kellie Pittman
German Woman: Sarah Brown
German Mother: Meg McNamee
German Broadcaster: Dan Morrison
German General Huffmeier: David Kiley
King George: Dan Morrison
Harry Truman: Tony Amato
Karl Brauer (Hitler Youth): Henry Kiley
German Jewish Refugee: Danielle Peck
Karl Donitz (German President): Mike Olsem
American GI: Ben Apostle
Renate Hoffman: Jenna Kelly Pittman
SHAEF Aide: Danielle Peck
SHAEF Orderly: Henry Kiley
Reporter Ernie Leiser: Ben Apostle
Radio Broadcaster: David Kiley
Narrator: Meg McNamee