All Is Calm recalls an astounding moment in history when Allied and German soldiers met in “No Man’s Land” and laid down their arms to celebrate the holiday together by trading carols, sharing food and drink, playing soccer and burying the dead. In some places the truce lasted only a night, in others it endured until New Year’s Day. Music, an important part of life in the trenches, helped create a context that inspired the truce.
Written and directed by Peter Rothstein, All Is Calm combines period songs and firsthand accounts of this remarkable event, and has already become an annual holiday classic. The production is brought to life by a cast of 12 actor/singers and beautifully blends patriotic tunes, trench songs, medieval Scottish ballads and carols from England, Wales, France, Belgium and Germany with texts written by more than 35 World War I figures.