Feb 19, 2017
03:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Inspired by the Oscar-nominated 2005 French film Joyeux Noel, Kevin Puts’ Pulitzer Prize-winning Silent Night recounts the true story of a spontaneous cease-fire among Scottish, French and German troops during World War I. Set in the trenches of a Belgian battlefield on Christmas Eve, music comes from the French and Scottish bunkers as the soldiers celebrate the holiday. An opera-singing German soldier responds with a Christmas song, and before long white flags wave and a temporary truce is brokered. Photos of loved ones are exchanged, chocolates and whiskey are shared, and the Scottish chaplain conducts a mass. The truce is extended on Christmas Day, while each regiment buries their dead. The second act depicts the simple miracle of human beings at peace, inevitably deteriorating as the troops are disciplined and demoted for fraternizing with the enemy, and renewed violence.