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NJTF HTII becomes part of UM MILLER CENTER

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HOLOCAUST THEATER INTERNATIONAL INITIATIVE BECOMES PART OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI’S SUE AND LEONARD MILLER CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY JUDAIC STUDIES.

Through research and educational programs, the Holocaust Theater International Initiative fills a void and is the only comprehensive universitybased initiative focused on the importance and relevance of holocaust-related theater.

CORAL GABLES, FL (January 19, 2017)

The National Jewish Theater Foundation (NJTF) and the University of Miami’s Sue and Leonard Miller Center for Contemporary Judaic Studies (http://www.miami.edu/miller-center) have announced that the pioneering NJTF Holocaust Theater International Initiative (HTII) has become a part of the UM Miller Center, creating the first comprehensive university-based initiative of its kind.

The aim of the HTII is to advance research and educational programs – as well as to encourage theatrical productions – in support of its focus on the importance and relevance of Holocaustrelated theater in educating about, and commemorating the Holocaust.

Since 2007, the NJTF has presented theatrical works that celebrate the richness of Jewish heritage and culture. Under the leadership of Arnold Mittelman, its founder and president, the NJTF promotes the appreciation and preservation of Jewish musical and dramatic theatrical art. As one of the foremost performing arts organizations to focus exclusively on Jewish theater, NJTF is committed to educating the public on Jewish content and themes. NJTF productions are presented to diverse audiences across America and throughout the world. Please see www.njtfoundation.org.

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National Jewish Theater Foundation to Bring 'CABARET IN CAPTIVITY' to York Theatre

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Written by BWW News Desk

The National Jewish Theater Foundation, in association with The York Theatre Company, will present a special one-night only performance of CABARET IN CAPTIVITY: Songs and Sketches from Terezin/Theresienstadt, as part of the second annual Holocaust Theater International Initiative Remembrance Readings. The event will take place on Sunday evening, May 1, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at The York Theatre Company at Saint Peter's (619 Lexington Avenue, entrance on East 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue).

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MTC to Stage Reading of THE SOAP MYTH for Holocaust Remembrance Day

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Written by BWW News Desk

Marin Theatre Company is honored to participate in the 2nd Annual National Jewish Theater Foundation's Holocaust Theater International Initiative Remembrance Readings. MTC will present a staged reading of Jeff Cohen's THE SOAP MYTH on Monday May 2, 2016 at 7:00pm.

A wide range of cultural and educational organizations take part in the Initiative, using theatrical content to create live events memorializing the events of the Holocaust and highlighting relevant stories. Initiative events take place in venues throughout the U.S.A. around Yom Ha Shoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day.

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L'Chaim San Diego Magazine - Remembrance Readings

Originally posted on L'Chaim San Diego Magazine
Written by Alanna Mays

This Yom HaShoah, various theaters and cultural institutions across the country will commemorate the events of the Holocaust in a different way. On April 13, Remembrance Readings for Holocaust Remembrance Day will bring Jewish theater into the conversation about the Holocaust, and San Diego theaters are leading the way, participating in droves for the inaugural national event. The La Jolla Playhouse, Old Globe, North Coast Repertory and San Diego Repertory theaters had all signed on to participate in the program as of press time, with more expected to be added to the list in the coming days.

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Kindertransport At Wells

Originally posted on The Lansing Star Online
Written by David Foote

Aurora -- The Wells College Department of Theatre & Dance will present a staged reading of Diane Samuels' play 'Kindertransport' (winner of the Meyer-Whitworth Award), directed by Associate Professor of Theatre Siouxsie Easter. Wells was selected as a participant in the 2016 Remembrance Readings coordinated by the National Jewish Theatre Foundation. 'Kindertransport' will be performed in the Recital Hall of Barler Hall on Monday, May 2, at 7:30 p.m.

From 1938 to 1940, nearly 10,000 Jewish children were evacuated without their parents from Germany, Austria and Czechoslovakia to England. Most were between the ages of 4 and 17. Some were babies carried by children. Raised in foster homes and group homes, many times these children were the only members of their families to survive the horrors of the Holocaust. 'Kindertransport' follows one of these refugees as she tries to come to terms with the past she thought she had buried. It is about the choices we make to keep our children safe and the repercussions of traumatic events through generations of the family.

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Holocaust Remembrance Day to connect 9 states with plays

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NEW YORK (AP) — Events in nine states will honor Holocaust Remembrance Day with readings of plays that deal with that darkest time in world history.

The second annual Remembrance Readings program will include the reading of "2.5 Minute Ride" by Lisa Kron, "The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui" by Bertolt Brecht and "The Timekeepers" by Dan Clancy, among others.

The states participating either Sunday or Monday include New York, Florida, Illinois, California, Wisconsin, Alabama, Oregon, North Carolina and Massachusetts.

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Theatrical Depictions of Survivor Stories

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USC Shoah Foundation and National Jewish Theater Foundation Collaborate to Launch ‘This is What I’ve Scene,’ First Ever Theater-Related Activity To Be Provided to Students Worldwide Via IWitness Website

 

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Casting Complete for Off-Broadway's Rothschild and Sons Musical

The complete cast has been announced for the world premiere of the York Theatre Company's revamped Rothschild & Sons, starring Glory Crampton and Broadway vet Robert Cuccioli.

 

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Press Release - Remembrance Readings

Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah)

San Diego, CA March 30, 2015. On April 13, 2015 arts related organizations across the country will unite to honor victims of the Holocaust by joining in the first ever Remembrance Readings for Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah). This event was conceived and launched by the National Jewish Theater Foundation (NJTF) and draws on information from over 600 plays made accessible in their newly created Holocaust Theater Catalog (HTC).

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From the Cleveland Jewish News

What Were They Thinking: Archiving Anne Frank

By: BOB ABELMAN

Playwrights did not begin to describe and interpret the Holocaust experience until a decade after the end of World War II. It takes time to heal, generate the strength to reflect, and find a clear and steady voice.

The most influential and lasting American effort was “The Diary of Anne Frank,” the 1956 adaptation of a young girl’s journal by two Hollywood screenwriters, Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett. To a large extent, the play’s accessibility and popularity stem from its dramatic realism and the alluring thread of Anne’s innocence and optimism within the context of the atrocities occurring outside her secret annex.

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