We invite your organization to join us by participating in Remembrance Readings 2017, held on Yom HaShoah, Sunday April 23 and Monday 24 honoring Elie Wiesel.
Monday April 23 and Monday April 24 2017 has been designated as the date of the 3rd Annual National Jewish Theater Foundation- Holocaust Theater International Initiative Remembrance Readings. This pioneering program involving a wide range of cultural and educational organizations uses theatrical content to create live events, held when ever possible, at simultaneous times and dates in venues throughout the U.S.A. In 2016, our second year, participation increased by 50% to include theaters, memorial museums /organizations, libraries, consulates, colleges and universities, secondary schools and JCCs from 11 states including the celebrity involvement of Ed Asner and Jayne Atkinson reading The Soap Myth at Lincoln Center Library for the Performing Arts. Remembrance Readings recognizes Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah) by using theater as a means to honor the victims of the Holocaust, their memories and stories and its must never to be forgotten lessons.
As in previous years, your are free to choose your own play. However, this year you have the option of helping us honor the late Elie Wiesel for his playwriting. His 3 scenes, titled Dialogs are available to you through NJTF with the blessing of his widow and translator, Marion Wiesel and the Elie Wiesel Foundation. Mr. Wiesel also wrote another Holocaust related play, The Trial of God. The Lincoln Center Library and University of Miami have already committed to a program honoring this great man and artist. We hope you will join them.
Arnold Mittelman, NJTF Founding President and Project Director of its Holocaust Theater International Initiative stated, “I sincerely hope that Remembrance Readings with plays selected from the NJTF Holocaust Theater Catalog engenders participation, education, identification and empathy that only live theater exemplifies and delivers in such a profound way. I trust the use of theater in this manner and in education can and will provide an artistic moral compass for future generations".
Click here to view some of the organizations and the programs they presented as well as excellent media coverage we received for our inaugural 2015 and 2016 Remembrance Readings.
Lincoln Center Library
April 22, 2017 at 2:30pm
NJTF in Association with HTI and Wagner College Holocaust Center
A Black Canopy, A Black Sky and Dialogs by E. Wiesel
Panel discussion to follow - Bruno Walter Auditorium
111 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10023
San Rafael First United Methodist Church
April 23, 2017 at 10:30am
Dialogs by E. Wiesel
9 Ross Valley Dr
San Rafael, CA 94901
On 4/23 Hershey Felder will be performing his one man show, “Hershey Felder As Irving Berlin at Berkeley Repertory Theater”. Mr. Felder is so supportive of our mission he has volunteered to state the following after his performance.
“Today begins Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day and start of the National Jewish Theater Foundation - Holocaust Theater International Initiative -Remembrance Day Play Readings. I dedicate my performance to that event. Although theater has played an extraordinary role from the 1930s to today in Holocaust awareness and education, there has never before been a national program that emphasized the formal use of theater in Holocaust awareness. I am delighted that plays, including a work that I was involved with, "The Pianist of Wilesden Lane" are now a resource for this growing series of Remembrance Readings and performances done for deserving audiences by so many worthwhile organizations across the U.S.A. Any and all commemorative events, now and in the future, including Yom Hashoah and International Holocaust Remembrance Day (January 27) can be enriched by the message of these and other plays. I encourage theaters like Berkeley Rep and others across the nation where I have performed to continue or initiate the production of Holocaust plays. I join with my participating colleagues in theaters, universities, memorial organizations in the sincere hope that the utilization of theater works in education and production will continue and grow internationally, inspiring all to keep alive the lessons of the Holocaust while providing an artistically driven moral compass for future generations”. Hershey Felder.
Berkeley Repertory will also use this quote in their materials to publicize Remembrance Readings
Syracuse Jewish Federation
Sunday April 23, 2017 Time TBD
Dialogs by E. Wiesel
Temple Adath Yeshurun
450 Kimber Rd, Syracuse, NY 13224
Black Box Theater of the New College of Florida residential campus
The Windmill Theater Company is presenting Nightwords;A LITURGY ON THE HOLOCAUST by David G. Roskies
April 23, 2017 5pm
5800 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota, FL 34243
Center for Jewish HistoryApril 23, 2017 7:30pm
Women and Resistance – Women, Theatre, and the Holocaust
Presented by Remember the Women Institute in cooperation with American Jewish Historical Society
Presentation of third edition of Women, Theatre, and the Holocaust Resource Handbook, edited by Rochelle G. Saidel and Karen Shulman, Remember the Women Institute
We Will Not Be Silent by David Meyers, first scene from this play about Sophie Scholl
In the Train Station in Munich by Cynthia L. Cooper
Voices of Women’s Resistance readings from memoirs by Dr. Meghan Brodie and her students from Ursinus College
Terezin Caberet monologue and Ilse Weber’s songs by Jenny Lee Mitchell
Panel discussion with above participants – 15 – 20 minutes
15 West 16th Street, New York NY
April 24, 2017 Israel
The Mitzvah Project
a one-person play and lecture that explores one of the most astonishing stories of the Second World War
Go to site for details: https://www.themitzvah.org/home
Levite Jewish Community Center
Monday April 24 time TBA
2 short Brecht plays- The Informer and The Jewish Wife.
Dialogs by E. Wiesel
3960 Montclair Rd.
Birmingham, Al 35213
Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Project in conjunction with the Sixth Act
Monroe Community College
Monday, April 24th, 12pm
Good, by Cecil Philip Taylor
R. Thomas Flynn Campus Center, Forum (3-130)
1000 E. Henrietta
Rochester, NY 14623