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The Last Metro
Music and Lyrics by Jeffrey Rockwell, Book by Philip Gerson
Based on the Film by Francois Truffaut

Sandra Kinder, Jan Pessano, and Robert Stoeckle

Musical Director
Scenic Designer
Lighting Designer
Costume Designer
Arranger & Orchestrator
Stage Manager
Assistant Director

Todd Nielsen
Barbara Beckley
Geoff Stradling
Gil Morales
D. Silvio Volonte
Ted C. Giamonna
Geoff Stradling
Vince Acosta
Bobbi Cutler

The Cast

Lucas Steiner
Germaine Dupree
Marion Steiner
Henri Marchand
Arlette Guilaume
Gentleman Admirer
Jean-Pierre Cottins
Bernard Granger
Christian Granger
Madame St. Claire
Woman in street
Backstage Workers
Members of the Acting Company
and People on the Street
Whitney Rydbeck
Don Stewart
Sandra Kinder
Jan Pessano
Robert Factor
Linda LoPorto
Victor Ernst
Jody Catlin
John Swofford
Pamela Winslow
Vonn Hamilton
Don Woodruff
Robert Stoeckle
Paul Rogers
Patricia Cullen
Terry S. Larson
Kate Gladfelter
Victor Ernst, John Swofford
Kristofer Lindquist, John Swofford
Kristofer Lindquist, John Swofford

Jamie Anderson, Kevin Bowe, Patricia Cullen, Kate Gladfelter, Karen Hause, Terry S. Larson, Kristofer Lindquist, Kelli Melson, John Swofford, Cindy Winkler


The Theatre de la Cite, Paris


July 16, 1942, and the following weeks


December 31, 1942, and the following days



Scene one

 The Theatre, Opening night of The Maid and the Mistress.

One Night Out — Valets, Marion, Maids
Lovely Illusion — Lucas
Who is Marion? — Marion

Scene two

The Street, later that night.

Scene three

The Theatre Cellar, immediately following

There is Love — Lucas, Marion

Scene four

The Theatre, the next day

Scene five

The Theatre, the next several weeks

The Last Metro — Entire Company

Scene six

The Theatre, several days later

Mad’moiselle — Bernard
Mad’moiselle (reprise) — Marion, Bernard

Scene seven

The Cellar, that night

How To Play a Jew — Lucas

Scene eight

Bernard’s Dressing Room and The Street

Scene nine

The Theatre, a few days later

At the Opera Comique — Marion, Bernard

Scene ten

The Cellar, several nights later

There is Love (reprise) — Lucas

Scene eleven

The Street and Theatre, the next night

Somebody At Last — Nathalie

Scene twelve

The Theatre, the same night

A Stranger to Love — Bernard, Marion, Maids, Valets


Scene one

The Theatre, after the show, New Year’s Eve

Just Being in Love — Yvette

Scene two

Marion’s Dressing Room and The Cellar, immediately following

Playing a Part — Marion, Bernard, Lucas

Scene three

The Theatre, immediately following

Not Being in Love — Jean-Pierre, Arlette

Scene four

The Cellar and The Theatre, the next day

Scene five

The Theatre and the Street

What Could I Do? — Ensemble

Scene six

The Office and the Street, the next day

Scene seven

The Street, that evening

A Blank Piece of Paper — Bernard

Scene eight

The Theatre and the Cellar, that night after the show

When I Look at You — Lucas

Scene nine

The Theatre, a week later

Manifesto — Marion
One Night Out (reprise) — Marion, Maids, Valets
Finale — Entire Company

Chronology of the German Occupation of Paris

June 14, 1940
France falls. German troops march into Paris.

June 23, 1940
General Charles DeGaulle makes a radio broadcast from London, calling for continued French resistance to Germany. His broadcasts will become a fixture of French life, every night at 9:15.

July, 1940
Unique terms of surrender are made in which the central and southern two-fifths of France become an "Unoccupied Zone" nominally governed by the French, while the Germans occupy the entire north and Atlantic coast, including Paris.

October 3, 1940
The "Statute on the Jews" assigns an inferior position on the basis of race, excluding Jews from top positions in public service, armed service, and some professions.

October, 1940 
The "Aryanization" program is begun, its stated aim to eliminate "all Jewish influence from the national economy," allowing for the takeover of Jewish property and businesses.

May 14, 1941
Over 3700 foreign male Jews are arrested in Paris and sent to camps elsewhere in France.

August, 1941
Germans order seizure of radio sets and bicycles belonging to Jews. Resistance groups begin direct attacks on members of German occupying forces. The Germans retaliate by shooting French hostages.

September, 1941
"The Jews and France" exposition opens in Paris, with anti-Jewish artifacts, posters, and displays.

October, 1941
German troops begin destroying the synagogues of Paris.

February, 1942
Germans enact a nightly curfew, to be enforced by Paris police.

February 4, 1942
No more Jews are allowed to emigrate from the Occupied Zone.

March 27, 1942
First deportation of Jews from France to eastern Europe. 1,112 are sent to Auschwitz.

June 7, 1942
The "Star Degree" is instituted: All Jews over the age of six must wear a Star of David on which is written the word "Jew." This ordinance, like many others, is not enforced consistently, adding to the sense of confusion and denial.

July 16, 1942
The Velodrome Round-up: a major turning point in Paris life, and the day on which our story begins. The German objective: to arrest 28,000 Jews in two days, and incarcerate them in the Velodrome Sports Arena, from where they will be deported. 900 French police are to do the dirty work. Although no food, water, or sanitary arrangements are made, over 7,000 people are packed into the stadium, where there is no room even to lie down, and are confined there for five days. Many become ill; some die. Results of the roundup: 13,000 Jews arrested and held for deportation; thousands escape; over 100 commit suicide.

July 1942
Jews are prohibited from frequenting swimming pools, restaurants, cafes, theatres, cinemas, concerts, music halls, markets and fairs, museums, libraries, public exhibitions, historical monuments, sporting events, campgrounds, and public parks. Jews are forbidden to use public telephones, and obliged to ride in the last car in the Metro. Jewish sympathizers start wearing yellow flowers and handkerchiefs.

From the Gestapo: "Because of the consistent terrorist attacks, we are announcing the following penalties against the saboteurs and their families: (1) All close male relatives in the ascending line as well as brothers-in-law and cousins from the age of 18 will be shot. (2) All women of the same degree of kinship will be sentenced to hard labor. (3) All children under 18 will be sent to reform schools."

November 8, 1942
Vichy stops issuing exit visas to Jews, halting Jewish emigration to any destination.

November 11, 1942
German troops march into all unoccupied areas of France except the Mediterranean coast.

December 10, 1942
Hitler order the arrest and deportation of all Jews and other enemies of the Reich from France. Ultimately, over 76,000 Jews are deported in cattle cars. Of these, only about 3% return when the war is over.

June 6, 1944
The Allies land at Normandy.

August 25, 1944
Paris is liberated.

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