Marvelous Martin Magner. The venerable theater director has some miles on him, to say the least, but keeps forging forward, defying the odometer. In celebration of his 99th birthday, Magner directs "The Envoy," a drama by contemporary Swiss playwright Thomas Hurlimann, translated by Otho Eskin, that tackles the prickly subject of just how neutral the Swiss really were during World War II.
When Minister Zwygart (Josh Welsh), the head of the Swiss Embassy in Berlin, returns home after the war, he receives a loving reception from his doting sister (Erinn Strain), a fast-fading maiden, and his proud papa (Curt Lowens), a retired colonel dying of cancer. To his shock, Zwygart finds he's viewed by others not as a hero but as a traitor whose complicity with the Nazis has shamed them all. Worse, the mysterious "Company" for whom Zwygart works has elected him a convenient scapegoat, targeting him for persecution and possibly death.