“Some Brighter Distance”

Join us for an evening of reflection and history on April 6, 2019 at 7:30pm at The Robert H. Jackson Center for a 90-minute play read by SUNY Fredonia Theater students of “Some Brighter Distance.”  This event is free and open to the public, but donations are gladly accepted.

About “Some Brighter Distance”:

During the Cold War, German rocket scientist Arthur Rudolph was instrumental in helping America win the Space Race. Years later, it was discovered that Rudolph directed the German lab that produced the V-2 rocket in WWII and he was implicated in working thousands of slave laborers to death.  Forced to confront his Nazi past, Rudolph renounced his U.S. citizenship and returned to Germany with his wife, where he faced prosecution.  Rudolph was the only scientist, among 1500 hired by the U.S., who was ever prosecuted for war crimes. This time-bending play explores the true, untold story of President Truman’s “Operation Paperclip” and questions the cost of burying the past in pursuit of the future.


Kevin Ganzekaufer – Robert Davis

Donovan Gale – Major Turner

Evelyn Oliver – Marta Rudolph

James Wamsley – Werner Von Braun

James Paul Ivey – Arthur Rudolph