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A Snowy Night in Iowa by Sylvia Davenport-Veith

ISBN #1-60513-099-0
JAC #2011-00

The Cast
  • BERNARD SCHIEBLER: 55. Now an American citizen, this German Jewish man harbors sorrow, worry, and rage as he seeks news of Hitler's demise and the liberation of Nazi concentration camps. He speaks with a German accent.
  • HILDA SCHIEBLER: 53. As Bernard's wife, Hilda understands his outbursts. Even though she is often overcome by her grief, Hilda never abandons hope. She speaks with a German accent.
  • VERNON WALTERS: 25. African American Soldier: He is brilliant, ambitious, and determined to make his way in a racist America. On this night, his secret love for Constance reaches an urgent need to be expressed.
  • CONSTANCE JONES: 23. African American WAC: She is beautiful and full of hope for America's future. Constance believes strongly in "Double Victory," meaning a victory over Hitler can translate into a victory over America's racism. She's a southern girl with strong ties to her family and a goal to teach when she returns to Georgia. Vernon has become her best friend. She is somewhat uncomfortable with his muted overtures. Still, there is something special about him…


The interior of a small train depot in Des Moines, Iowa. April 30, 1945 at 2:00am.  Set in 1945, this is the story of Constance and Vernon, two young African Americans who are both serving in the United States Army. While waiting for their respective trains in a Des Moines, Iowa train station, they interact with Bernard and Hilda Schiebler, two German Jews anxious about family in Hitler's death camps. Tension ensues when a radio, the only source for news, goes silent. Social issues of the day provide a rich background for this memorable love story.

Author Biography
At the age of ten, Sylvia was cast as the Widow Douglas in a children's theatre production of Tom Sawyer. After she stopped weeping over failing to land the part of Becky Thatcher, Sylvia discovered the fantastic bonanza that comes with character roles. She also never forgot the electric excitement pulsing through the cast as each child waited to step on stage for the first time.  Many years have passed since that long ago debut, but nothing has diminished Sylvia's love of theatre. After earning a BFA in Theatre (High Honors) and M.Ed. in English Education from the University of Florida, Sylvia relocated to Atlanta, Georgia where she continued to appear on stage at a variety of theatres. Additionally, she taught classes and directed plays of all genres for the Shiloh High School Theatre Department (a.k.a. Shiloh Onstage) in Snellville, Georgia.  Sylvia directed her own play, Prom Night, for Shiloh Onstage in 2006. She is thrilled the play won Second Place in the 2008 Beverly Hills Theatre Guild Marilyn Hall Playwriting for Youth Competition.  Other plays by Sylvia include: Grandmothers' Gifts (presented at The Bonderman Symposium Playwright Slam at the Indiana Repertory Company in March 2009); and Inside the Dressing Room produced by Atlanta Stage Write Productions in June 2008. She is a member of The Dramatists Guild of America; The American Screenwriter's Association; The American Alliance for Theatre and Education; and Working Title Playwrights.

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