This War Is Not Inevitable!

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In the chaos of WW1 Germany, Rudolf Steiner and Emil Molt risk everything to fight to shorten the War. 100 years later do we still have a chance?  This politicly charged, historical drama takes on challenging questions still unanswered today.  Join us.

       This War Is Not Inevitable is a two-man play written by Michael Burton about the founding idea of Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner's Threefold Social Organism.  
Set in Germany during WW1, the play follows Steiner and his relationship with famous entrepreneur Emil Molt. The two endeavor to stop the war by attempting to influence the Treaty of Versailles and the Reichstag in hopes that Steiner's philosophies on social, economic, and legal reform which he called The Threefold Social Organism, would be accepted.
       This War is Not Inevitable! opened in February 2018 at the Kolisko Conference in Honolulu, Hawaii to an international audience of teachers, scholars, and doctors. From there it traveled through Southern and Northern California and all the way up through Portland, Seattle, Vancouver Island, and Vancouver. Audiences ranged from 15 to 150 members per night depending on the venue and location of the show. It was welcomed with open arms and great success, especially in Honolulu and Vancouver, where Michael and Christian spent several days prior to the show connecting with the community. The second half of the show traveled East to Toronto, Harlemville, NY, New York, NY and eventually ended in Kimberton, Pennsylvania. 
       Due to the high demand of the project, Lightweight Theater has decided to embark on a second tour of North America. The two-man play raked in about 20K dollars during the first tour. These expenses went towards travel, costume/props, lighting, and lastly, to pay its actors. It is important to note that the production is considered professional, and should, in turn, be handled as such. The importance of community through this endeavor is important to the core of the play and the play's message, but it should not diminish the fact that the production value is not community theater. 
       That being said, however, while the quality and effort are of professional nature, the production and production support are not, at this point, so. Therefore we must call upon the strength of the community (who, support this show in so many ways, such as housing, transportation and of course, audience) to assist in making the production possible!
Michael and Christian have, between them, been professionally trained in speech and drama, Shakespeare and modern rendition, have performed across Europe and North America.
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i) Full performance of This War is Not Inevitable - 90 minutes plus short interval;

ii) Shortened performance of 65 minutes and no interval;

iii) High school version (classes 8-12) - 50 minutes;

iv) Introductory talk by Michael on a day or evening before the performance on the TSO in its historical context and today;

v) Introductory talk by Michael on the connection of the TSO with the new mystery drama;

vi) Free performance to kindergarten and to classes 1 and 2 of Michael Burton’s The Very Old Donkey;

vii) Workshop/discussion with Christian Peterson for young people, (16-35);

viii) Speech workshop for teachers and others.
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San Diego on 4th September CONFIRMED

Troy Wisconsin - Sat 8th September CONFIRMED

Chicago Sat 15th September [not yet for certain]

Ann Arbour Tues 18th CONFIRMED

Minneapolis Friday 21st Sept CONFIRMED

Souk Centre Camphill- Saturday afternoon 22nd CONFIRMED

Bretton Woods conference, 29th September CONFIRMED “Way up in Northern New Hampshire” Heartbeet close to them.


The Hartsbrook School, Hadley Massachusetts – early October. [visit confirmed, date not yet definite]

Wilton (at the High Mowing Auditorium) 12th October. CONFIRMED

Heartbeet - mid October [not yet confirmed] Could be after Bretton Woods

Copake Camphill – Fri 19th Oct CONFIRMED

Spring Valley Community – Weds 24th Oct CONFIRMED

Washington DC [not yet confirmed]

Atlanta – late October. [not yet confirmed]


Austin, Texas – early November [visit confirmed, date not yet definite Suggested Sat 3rd Nov.]

Palo Alto – 6-8 November CONFIRMED Travel there on Sunday 4th.

Denver, Boulder and Carbondale, Colorado – arrive 9th
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Hi all!
Happy summer to you and wishing you all a nice vacation! Michael and I finished our first round tour! We've got the summer interim now in which we are organizing a second tour of North America starting in September.
Our last tour wasn't possible without contributors and donors like you! We were lucky enough to get a large donation to get us going.
Our work is only possible through generous support from our audiences and communities!
Thank you ~
Michael and Christian
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The last three months of "This War Is Not Inevitable!" have come and gone! Michael is back in New Zealand and Christian is in New York for a brief period. "This War Is Not Inevitable!" plans on coming back for a second North America tour from September to November.
We had great audience response from our Maiden Voyage tour which allowed for the possibility of a second one. Much of our initial funding came from generous personal sources. "This War Is Not Inevitable!" can only function because of the generous donations of its audience and advocates. We look forward to the Fall, until then please share and donate!
Thank you!
-Lightweight Theater
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