Judgment day
By Phillip Zonkel,
Article Launched: 01/18/2007 12:00:00 AM PST


What: Long Beach playwright Alan Brooks’ drama about Holocaust suvivors living in America who are challenged by a new moral dilemma.

Where: Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles

When: 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m Sunday; through Feb. 25

Tickets: $25

Information: (310) 477-2055,


ALAN BROOKS thinks his work as a playwright is more important than his work as a doctor.

Before retiring in 2003, Brooks, 64, was a physician and diagnostic radiologist for 35 years, including 12 months of service during the Vietnam War.

“I had the desire to be a writer my whole life, but I became a physician instead, thinking I could save the world,” says Brooks, during a recent interview in the Belmont Shore home he shares with his wife, Rosecarrie, 60.

“In fact, you can do more to help the world by being a writer,” he says. “Ideas are much more powerful than the simple actions of an individual.”

For example, Brooks says “A Splintered Soul,” his first play, which opens Friday and

runs through Feb. 25 at the Odyssey Theatre in Los Angeles, will point out “using violence as means to an end can be disastrous and often is.”