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Camp Siegfried
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Camp Siegfried

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About Camp Siegfried

From Tony Award nominee Bess Wohl (Grand Horizons) comes an exhilarating new play about how far we’ll go to belong. During a golden summer at the real-life Camp Siegfried, a picturesque campground on Long Island, two teenagers find themselves on a collision course with youthful passion and unbridled extremism. Are they falling in love or falling for something more sinister? Set on the cusp of World War II, this boy-meets girl-meets-cautionary tale about the seductive nature of fascism reveals a shocking part of America’s past and reminds us how easily darkness can sneak up on us.

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Second Stage kicks off its fall season with a dark trip to summer camp at Camp Siegfried. Get Camp Siegfried tickets on TodayTix.

Camp Siegfried is a play about two teenagers who fall in love at a Long Island summer camp. It's 1938, on the brink of World War II, and the Nazi regime is gaining power in Germany — and in America. Here, an American Nazi group called the German American Bund opened camps meant for indoctrinating German American youth into Nazism. This is one of those camps.

The teenagers don't fully realize it, but camp leaders are carefully orchestrating their romance — they're meant to fall in love and, eventually, give birth to a new generation of children who will follow the Nazi ideology. What appears an innocent romance becomes a pawn for a horrific regime. Camp Siegfried is a show about how easy it is to fall into moral corruption and darkness — that is, a cautionary tale from the past that remains relevant today.

Wohl developed the play during the pandemic, and Camp Siegfried premiered in London in 2021. Camp Siegfried in New York is only the show's second production. Wohl, though, is no stranger to the New York theatre scene, with half a dozen Off-Broadway and Broadway credits.

Her last New York play was Grand Horizons on Broadway, which received a 2020 Best Play Tony nomination. Her last Off-Broadway production was Seven Deadly Sins, a walk-through, socially distanced theatre experience in Manhattan's Meatpacking District in 2021. She and six other playwrights each wrote a short play based on a sin.

Sawyer Barth and Lily McInerny, the sole cast members of Camp Siegfried off Broadway, are both making their Off-Broadway debuts.

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  • Camp Siegfried was a real camp in the town of Yaphank on Long Island. It opened in the 1930s, along with multiple other Nazi-run camps in the U.S., and closed in 1940. Once it shut down, part of it became a park, and the other part a housing development that is still operated by the German American Settlement League.
  • The teenagers in the Camp Siegfried play are nameless. They're just called "Him" and "Her," showing how they can represent any young people from those camps.
  • The camp is named for a mythical Germanic warrior who, according to legend, slayed a dragon.
  • Bess Wohl is a Second Stage regular. The company has produced her plays American Hero, Make Believe, and the Tony-nominated Grand Horizons in addition to Camp Siegfried.
Run time

90 mins (no intermission)

Start date

October 25th, 2022

End date

December 4th, 2022

Genre

Play

Venue

Tony Kiser Theater

Age

Ages 12+

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