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Capital Rep play tells story of Armenian Genocide

May 18, 2017 04:00 PM

ALBANY - A local production about a heavy subject has been extended for another week's run at Capital Repertory Theatre. It tells the story of Armenian Genocide more than a century ago and events this week are prompting a look at that region again.

"These stories have to be told. We have to learn from our past. It's important," actor and director Kevin McGuire said.

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McGuire grew up in the Capital Region. He headlines "Some People Hear Thunder," a musical about a very heavy subject.

"Being human, you don't have to be Armenian, being a human being and people are not that aware of this story, of this Armenian Genocide," he said.

WEB EXTRA: Actor and director on 'Some People Hear Thunder'

With song, dance, and storytelling, the show is set in 1914 in New York and southern Turkey.

This subject is also portrayed on the big screen recently in the movie "The Promise."

In real life. A peaceful protest in Washington turned violent earlier this week after Turkey's president had a meeting at the White House.

"What a cowardly act," Rafi Topalian said.

Topalian keeps a keen eye on this subject. He is a local jeweler and also co-director of the Capital District Armenian Genocide Committee.

"It does not define us. We have a rich culture. Again, the message is love no matter how much they have hate we're going to stand up," said Topalian.

WEB EXTRA: Armenian activist on 'Some People Hear Thunder'

"They had no weapons, they had no way of fighting back, the Armenians in Southern Turkey and these 4,000. This is really the story of the survivors,” said McGuire.

"Some People Hear Thunder" is about those who were rounded up, arrested, deported and eventually murdered.

"I think that the theater is a great place to tell these kinds of stories. The audience engages their imaginations, they understand historically what's going on, this is a fact-based story," said McGuire.

A special reception Thursday night for the Armenian community starts at 6 p.m. before the show, which is at 7:30. The show itself has been extended until May 28.

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