It’s the classic tale of a good Samaritan: A guy walks down a sidewalk, hurts himself and the owner of a nearby bakery comes to his aid. Most of the time, the story ends with the two men becoming friends.

Except in “Sixteen Wounded,” Sopris Theatre Company’s upcoming play, the guy is not simply walking down the sidewalk; he hurtles through the bakery window in Amsterdam. And he is Palestinian, a passionate young man far from home. And the baker who helps him is Jewish, a lonely and emotionally remote survivor of the Holocaust.

“Sixteen Wounded” is a play told with both heart-wrenching honesty and humor. The characters struggle with their personal identities and their loyalties – to their pasts, to their beliefs and, finally, to each other. But can this relationship stand?

Curtain is 7 p.m. on Feb. 17-18 and 23-25, and 2 p.m. on Feb. 19 and 26. Tickets are $18 for adults, and $13 for students, seniors, and CMC staff and faculty. For more information, go to and click on “Sopris Theatre Company at CMC,” and for tickets click on the Eventbrite link; or call 947-8177. All performances are at the New Space Theatre at Colorado Mountain College Spring Valley, 3000 County Road 114, Glenwood Springs.