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Photos by Hunter Canning, IRT Theater (3B Residency), 2018

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From 2018 to Today...

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Our 'Tasters' have been all over the world.

H*tler’s Tasters is a unique theatrical event that is a fictional retelling of a largely unknown story of the young German women conscripted to taste Adolf Hitler’s food for poison. This dark comedy explores the way girls navigate sexuality, friendship, and patriotism during the Third Reich. Using an anachronistic retelling of an historical footnote, H*tler’s Tasters considers what girls discuss as they wait to see if they will survive another meal.


The 90-minute piece is enhanced by dance and a captivating soundtrack.















  • Fall of 2018, premiered at IRT Theater in the West Village / NYC, starring Hallie Griffin (Liesel), MaryKathryn Kopp (Hilda), Kaitlin Paige Longoria (Anna), and Hannah Mae Sturges (Margot).

  • Summer of 2019, presented by the North Shore Performing Arts Center in Chicago.

  • Summer of 2019, played a SOLD OUT run for audiences at the E2E Festival at 59E59 Theaters (NYC).

  • Summer of 2019, the play made its' international debut, boasting a SOLD OUT run for audiences at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Greenside Venues @ Infirmary Street). The production was named "Best Of Fringe" by The Stage.

  • In March 2020, the production was invited for a month-long run at the Electric Lodge in Los Angeles. After only three performances, the show was obliged to close prematurely due to Covid-19.

  • During the shutdown of 2020, the show was featured in multiple digital events including: Moment Magazine (along with prominent Holocaust historian Gavriel Rosenfeld), the Teatron Jewish Theatre Festival and The Kilroys List.

  • Summer of 2021, the celebrated production was invited back for a digital return to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Pleasance Theatre).

  • Summer of 2021, presented by Guild Hall of East Hamptons, NY.

  • Summer of 2021, presented by Pendragon Theatre in Saranac Lake, NY.

  • Spring of 2022, presented by Calliope Stage in Sylva, North Carolina.

  • Spring of 2022, returned to NYC for an off-Broadway limited engagement at Theatre Row on 42nd Street. The production hit a milestone on closing night: 100 performances with the original company!

  • Winter of 2023, presented by the Bunbury-ShPIeL Identity Theatre Project at the Kentucky Performing Arts Center in Louisville, KY.

  • Summer of 2024, presented by Rogue Machine at the Matrix Theatre in Los Angeles, CA. This production welcomed a new cast for the first time: Ali Axelrad (Anna), Olivia Gill (Hilda), Paige Simunovich (Liesel), and Caitlin Zambito (Margot). The production received multiple Scenies from StageSceenLA including Outstanding Production of a Comedy-Drama, Best Director (Sarah Norris), Best Lead Performance (Olivia Gill), and Best Featured Performances (Ali Axelrad + Caitlin Zambito).


Featuring (left to right): Hannah Mae Sturges, Hallie Griffin, MaryKathryn Kopp, & Kaitlin Paige Longoria


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Learn more of the history of H*tler's food tasters from this BBC article: 
'The women who tasted Hitler's food'
by Holly Williams, featuring our playwright, Michelle Kholos Brooks

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Check out our cast in the Chicago Tribune: 
'Survival is Complicated for H*tler's Tasters' by Myrna Petlicki, featuring interviews from
Hallie Griffin, MaryKathryn Kopp,
Kaitlin Paige Longoria, & Hannah Mae Sturges

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Check out H*tler's Tasters in the LA Times: 
'Age 28, going on 12: How adult actors pull off playing children onstage' by Stuart Miller, featuring interviews from Michelle Kholos Brooks, Sarah Norris, & Hallie Griffin

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Our playwright, Michelle Kholos Brooks, is on Broadway Radio, having a conversation with Matt Tammanini about the young women
of “H*tler’s Tasters.” 

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"One of the best soundtracks compiled for a play
I have ever heard."

Holli Harms, Front Row Center

Sir Babygirl, Spud Cannon, Pretty Polly, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Ellen Winter, Amy Leon...maybe a little Madonna

Click image above for bios and links.


In the spring of 2022, New Light curated 7 distinguished panels of guest speakers
to compliment our production.
Click on underlined titles below to view:

Thursday, April 7:
Art 'Attacks' Tyranny
Friday, April 15: Misinformation from H*tler to Putin
Saturday, April 16: Working w/ Women: A Fully Female Cast & Creative Team
Thursday, April 28: Female-led Theater and the Path to Parity
Thursday, May 5: Is it Jewish or Jew-ish? Defining Contemporary Jewish Theater
Sunday, May 8: Marginalized Women on the Page and Stage
Thursday, May 12: Fact/Fiction: Hitler in Art and Media

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
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