Tuesday, September 14, 2021


Year One entire cast in an early scene, seated on a sofa and smiling at each other

Kevin Loreque as Max, Kaitlyn Lunardi as Claudia, Kathy McCafferty as Anna, Eric Phelps as Peter and Kate Kearney-Patch as Rosemary in Premiere Stages production of Year One. Photo by Mike Peters.

Rave reviews for

Year One

Year One is not a history play exploring specific events of 1933, but rather a valuable meditation on the unseen or—worse—willfully overlooked origins of violent extremism....There are moments of high tension, but director John J. Wooten modulates the play’s energy quite precisely, only rarely and therefore with great effect.

Patrick Maley

The Star Ledger

Year One is an intense, intermission-less play of strength and beauty. It is so well-written, so involving that you could wish it lasted longer. But it is the right size for the playwright’s message to get across, and this play is one that is deserving of your attention. I strongly recommend you see Year One before its run ends.

Allen Neumer

Out in Jersey

In Year One, playwright Gernand has pulled off what I consider a tour de force… the play certainly provides food for thought—about art, about politics, about the pressure to conform, about the necessity to take a stand.

Ruth Ross

Gernand’s play is a thoughtful, evocative examination of family loyalty, tested against the changes to come in their society. It is also a theme that could apply today, with our polarized society and themes of compassion and fear.

Liz Keill

There are only 10 performances left!

3:00 PM

Saturdays, Sep 18 and 25
Sundays, Sep 19 and 26

8:00 PM

Thursdays, Sep 16 and 23
Fridays, Sep 17 and 24
Saturdays, Sep 18 and 25







In Year One, a populist’s rise to power exacerbates mounting political and social divisions in Germany in 1933. When Anna’s brother Max arrives, harboring a dangerous secret, the family matriarch is forced to choose between embracing a radical new country or saving those she loves.

Show note

Content Warning: This play contains Nazi symbology that may be upsetting.

Premiere Stages

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