NYLON FUSION THEATRE COMPANY and CLOVERLEAF COLLECTIVE are pleased to present the return of Lowell Byers’ LUFT GANGSTER, directed by Tony Award winning director Austin Pendleton (Broadway’s The Little Foxes, The Runner Stumbles, Shelter, Spoils of War). LUFT GANGSTER will play a limited engagement at the Sheen Center (18 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10012) as part of their “War Is Hell” Theatre Series (recently featured in New York Magazine’s ‘Things To Do in NY’). Performances begin Friday, March 31 and continue through Sunday, April 16. Opening Night is Saturday, April 1 (8 p.m.).
After bailing out of his crippled B-24 bomber under heavy fire from German forces, waist gunner Lou Fowler is captured by the Nazis. Incarcerated along with other Allied fliers in an inhumane Nazi prison camp, where POW’s view new prisoners with suspicion as possible Nazi infiltrators, Lou has to heal his own battle injuries, as his captors treat him as just another ‘Luft Gangster’ – a term Joseph Goebbels created as propaganda to convince the German nation that all American flyers were actual criminals released from prison by the US government in order to fight in World War II.
As Lou endures the hellish and unsanitary conditions of prison camp life, subsisting on what could barely be described as food and enduring unspeakable cruelty, surviving to escape becomes his only goal. In a time and place where men on both sides of the war were stripped of all things civilized, the human cost of war is brought front and center.
LUFT GANGSTER plays the following regular schedule through Sunday, April 16**:
Wednesdays at 7 p.m.
Thursdays at 8 p.m.
Fridays at 8 p.m.
Saturdays at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Sundays at 3 p.m.
**Schedule Exception: Sunday, April 16th (Easter Sunday) performance is at 5 p.m.
Tickets are $29-32 and are now available online at www.SheenCenter.org or by calling 866-811-4111. Tickets may also be purchased in-person at the theater ½ hour prior to performance.
Running Time: 110 minutes
Watch – A Message from WWII Veteran and POW Louis Fowler:
Watch – Luft Gangster Trailer: