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The Performance

  • United States of America (USA), Slovak Republic (Slovakia)
  • Feature
  • 2024
  • 112 min.
  • Director(s): Shira Piven
  • Producer(s): Daniel Finkelman, Chaya Amor, Jeremy Piven, Jenny Shakeshaft


Based on a short story by Arthur Miller, The Performance is set in 1937 as the fascist atmosphere in Germany is nearing its brutal pinnacle. Harold May (Jeremy Piven) 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 attache. 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.

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Shira Piven


Daniel Finkelman, Chaya Amor, Jeremy Piven, Jenny Shakeshaft


Josh Salzberg, Shira Piven


Lael Utnik


Michael Hofacre, Jessica Hernández, Oona Flaherty

Original Music

Lucas Lechowski


Jeremy Piven, Robert Carlyle, Maimie McCoy, Adam Garcia, Isaac Gryn, Suzanne Shepherd, Steven Berkoff, Lara Wolf, Yaniv Biton, Annette Lober

Original Language

English, German, Yiddish, Hungarian



Festival Highlights

Rome Film Festival, Italy, Official Selection

Palm Springs International Film Festival, USA, Official Selection, 2024

Atlanta JFF, USA, Official Selection, 2024

Miami Film Festival, USA, Official Selection, 2024


  • "Director Shira Piven’s impressive adaptation and expansion of a 2002 Arthur Miller short story offers timely observations about manipulating masses."
    - Joe Leydon, Variety
  • "Jeremy Piven gives a powerful, poignant, and emotional performance. The actor places all the conflict in his face and body language, and it just simmers until the end."
    - Alan Ng, Film Threat