Victor Frankl Subject Of ‘There’s More To Life Than Being Happy’ A One Act At LALT

LALT News:

Victor Frankl, a famous Austrian neurologist and psychotherapist who survived the horrors of the Auschwitz concentration camp, is the subject of “There’s More to Life Than Being Happy,” a short play now being performed at the Los Alamos Little Theatre.

The play recounts a critical moment in Frankl’s life, a moment when he “makes the decision that will shape the rest of his life,” Playwright Deborah Magid said. “There’s More to Life Than Being Happy” is part of “8×10’s Fifth Element,” the fifth occasion that LALT has produced this format of eight short plays in an evening.

First-time director Stuart Rupprecht, who also acts in the play, said, “I feel ‘More to Life’ tells an important story about one of many heroes from WWII who sacrificed to help his fellow man. I found this story of Victor Frankl together with his family, whom he lost shortly after this story takes place, very moving.”

Rupprecht is joined onstage by Katrina Koehler, Jody Shepard and Michael Adkins.

The evening of short plays offers not only a variety of performances for audience enjoyment — serious, comedic, downright goofy — but plenty of opportunities for community members to get involved in theatre or for LALT members to try out new roles in a production.

This production includes five first-time directors, six people new to the LALT stage, and others trying out roles such as lighting tech and stage manager for the first time.

“8×10’s Fifth Symphony” will perform at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Nov. 21. A 2 p.m. matinee will be performed Sunday, Nov. 15.

Tickets are available at Brown Paper Tickets, CB FOX or at the door.

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