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Independent Feature Film | 2021-2023 | Drama, Film based on literary source, Third Reich / National Socialism | USA

Main data

DirectorShira Piven
Written byShira Piven, Josh Salzberg, Arthur Miller (literary source)
ProductionDaniel Finkelman Films [us]

Shooting data

Start of shooting05/11/2021
End of shooting15/12/2021
Filming regionsSlovakia

Brief synopsis

Based on the short story by Arthur Miller, The Performance is set in 1937 as the Fascist atmosphere in Germany is nearing its brutal pinnacle. Harold May is an American Jew and gifted tap dancer. Though he is nearly past his prime, he still longs for the success and status that have eluded him. While on tour in Europe, Harold, his old flame, Carol, and the rest of his troupe are scouted by Damian Fugler, a German attaché. Not knowing the blond-haired May is a Jew; Fugler offers them a huge sum to perform one show in Berlin. Once in Germany, the troupe discovers that the show is an exclusive performance for Hitler himself. As Fugler, Harold, and the troupe’s lives become intertwined, Harold is faced with a choice: either keep his Jewishness a secret for the sake of his dreams or, ironically, own up to who he really is in order to escape.


ActorRole nameVoice actor / SpeakerVoice actor
Jeremy PivenHarold May [L]
Robert CarlyleDamian Fugler [L]
Maimie McCoyCarol [L]
Adam GarciaBenny [L]
Steven BerkoffSam [SR]
Annette LoberAlfreda Grouper [SR]
Michael RastProfessor Ziegler [SR]
Maxi BlahaFrau Schult [SR]
Matthias BöhmNazi Officer [SR]
David Oberkoglern.a. [SR]
Wolfgang OliverGestapo Officer [BP]


Director of photographyLael Utnik
Casting directorNancy Bishop
Costume designerAlessandro Lai
DirectorShira Piven
EditorJessica Hernández
ComposerLucas Lechowski
ProducerDaniel Finkelman
Production designerVlad Vieru
ScreenwriterShira Piven
ScreenwriterJosh Salzberg
Literary sourceArthur Miller
Short Story
Short Story
ChoreographerJared Grimes

Production companies

Daniel Finkelman Films [us]


PropsPropscom – Requisiten Fundus