( Thu., Nov. 20, 2014 - Mon., Nov. 24, 2014 )
Kenan Theatre, 150 Country Club Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Johnny Johnson: Book by Paul Green. Music by Kurt Weill. Based on Jaroslav Hasek’s satiric novel The Good Soldier Švejk, Johnny Johnson focusses on a naïve and idealistic young man who, despite his pacifist views, leaves his sweetheart Minny Belle Tompkins, to fight in Europe in World War I. He manages to bring the skirmish to a temporary halt by incapacitating a meeting of the generals with laughing gas, but once they recover he finds himself committed to an asylum for ten years. He returns home to discover Minny Belle has married a capitalist. He settles down as a toymaker who will create anything except wooden soldiers, his personal gesture of peace in an increasingly warlike society.
This event is part of the UNC campus-wide "A Year-Long Conversation: World War I – The Legacy."
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