The Sparks Fly Upward


The Sparks Fly Upward is a musical drama that follows three German families in Berlin, two Jewish and one Christian, through the Holocaust. Between 1938 and the end of the war in 1945, the families struggle to outlast Hitler. At times the families turn to the Book of Job for diversion, reassurance and enlightenment. Job’s suffering, and the contest between good and evil represented in his story, are reflected in the lives of the characters, who boldly face the question of man’s obligation to man in times of moral and political crisis.
Format: Musical/opera
Cast Size: 8M/6F/2 children (10–20 chorus)
Running time: 2 hours



The Sparks Fly Upward Foundation provides ancillary programming and lectures.

Original or Prominent Production: Hoyt Sherman Place, Des Moines, IA, November 8, 2008
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Original Language: English (with some Hebrew and German)
Production Rights Holder:

Cathy Lesser Mansfield

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