Theatre production of “The White Rose” Feb. 27 - March3

Professor Russ Vandenbroucke directs the period drama by Lillian Groag.

“The White Rose,” a period drama by Lillian Groag, will be performed by the University of Louisville’s Department of Theatre Arts.  

The play, set in 1942-43 Germany at the height of the Nazi regime, brings to life University of Munich students who engaged in civil disobedience by circulating leaflets titled “The White Rose” that urged the reinstatement of personal freedoms and resistance to socialism.

  • Thrust Theatre, 2314 S. Floyd St.
  • February 27 - March 3
  • 8 p.m. nightly
  • Note: An additional matinee performance: 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 3. 

Directed by theater professor Russ Vandenbroucke, the play chronicles the lofty ideals, arrest and interrogation of the students.

“Good plays using history are always about the present,” Vandenbroucke said. “Here we have the classic conflict between moral convictions of young people and the defense of the status quo by the state.” 

Vandenbroucke, who also directs the peace studies program in the College of Arts and Sciences, finds parallels in the play with nonviolent resistance by students throughout history including, most recently, the Arab Spring.

Show tickets are $15 for the general public, $10 for students, senior and UofL faculty and staff. For tickets and information, call 502-852-6814 or visit

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