The Mitzvah Project


A one-person play and lecture

Roger Grunwald and The Mitzvah Project

The Mitzvah Project is a combination of theatre, history lesson and conversation in which actor and child of survivor, Roger Grunwald, explores one of the most shocking aspects of the Jewish experience during the Second World War. Through the story of Christoph Rosenberg, a German half-Jew, the one-person drama — created with director and co-author Annie McGreevey — reveals the surprising history of tens of thousands of German men known as “mischlinge” — the derogatory term the Nazis used to characterize those descended from one or two Jewish grandparents — who served in Hitler’s army. After the lecture, Mr. Grunwald leads a discussion with the audience.


Main Stage Theatre

Thursday, October 29, 2015
7:00 - 8:30 p.m.  

$35 Center Section

$25 Value Section
$15 Students


Black Box Theatre Lobby
8:30 - 9:30 p.m.

$75 - includes play and presentation

A VIP reception with cocktails and light refreshments will give guests an opportunity to meet with Roger Grunwald. Please call the Box Office at 720-898-7200 to purchase over the phone or stop by in person. The VIP event is not available for online purchase. Purchase deadline is Monday, October 26.

Proceeds benefit the Chabad of NW Metro Denver and the Humanities Program at the Arvada Center.

About Roger Grunwald... he has been a professional performing artist for close to four decades. His voice and face have been heard on and seen in commercials, industrials, soap operas and in major studio features, as well as in documentaries for HBO, Court Television Network, the Discovery Channel and two independent short films. Roger is the creator, co-writer and star of The Mitzvah Project, a Holocaust-themed one-person drama, lecture and discussion currently touring North America. Roger’s concept for The Mitzvah Project was inspired by, and is in homage to, his mother who, as an Auschwitz survivor, used her wartime experience as a tool for teaching the lessons of history to young people. 

In 2016, Roger will be featured in the pilot episode of VINYL, a new HBO series.  The pilot was directed by Martin Scorsese who, along with Mick Jagger, executive produces the series.  VINYL chronicles the drug and sex-fueled rock 'n roll scene from the 1970s. 
Roger is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and studied acting with Wynn Handman. He is a veteran theatre, film, TV and voice actor and has appeared in over 70 stage productions in the United States and Europe.  Favorite stage roles include: the title role in Brecht’s The Life of Galileo, Toby Belch, Larry (Company), Marcus Lycus, Senator Joseph McCarthy, D.H. Lawrence, Theodore Herzl, Sigmund Freud, Franz Kafka, Heiner Müller and V.I. Lenin. He was one of the leads in the Off Broadway premiere of Outside Inn at 59E59 Theaters, a role he originated in Pittsburgh and twice in Stuttgart, Germany (in the German language production of the play).