The Choice [Le choix]


The Choice marks Wiesel’s dramatic effort to explore the depths of our human capacity to kill. Recounting the struggle of members of a resistance movement as they carry out orders from above, Wiesel’s play is an examination of individual human identity and the fine line between innocence and intention. Three individuals in a small, dark, cold room detain three prisoners. They must select those who will remain alive and choose the one who will die and be executed—they are faced with an overwhelming choice.
Format: Staged reading
Cast Size: 5M/1F
Character breakdown

Hostage 1
Hostage 2
Hostage 3



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Elie Wiesel moved to New York City in 1955 and subsequently became an American citizen. In the U.S., he wrote over 40 books and won many literary prizes. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986 for speaking out against violence, repression and racism.

Original or Prominent Production: Staged reading at the Salle Rossini, Paris, on March 25, 2013; and at the Sanders Theatre, Cambridge, Massachusetts, on April 12, 2015, in commemoration of Holocaust Remembrance Day.
Nationality of Author:
Original Language: French
English Language Translator: Guila Clara Kessous
Production Rights Holder:

Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity

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