Launched in 2015 by NJTF HTII, Remembrance Play Readings is an annual event that dramatizes important Holocaust plays, all selected from the Holocaust Theater Catalog. These readings or full performances use the power of theater to commemorate the Holocaust, its remembrance and its contemporary lessons during International Holocaust Memorial Day, Yom Ha Shoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) and Kristallnacht (Night of Broken Glass).
In 2016, theaters, educators, artists and memorial museums participated and were from 11 cities and states including Washington – D.C., New York City, San Diego, and Chicago.
2017 highlights included: the celebrity involvement of actor Ed Asner doing national readings of The Soap Myth by Jeff Cohen. NJTF HTII honored Elie Wiesel for his plays with readings across America and at Lincoln Center Library for the Performing Arts, NYC. Mr. and Mrs. Wiesel were presented with the NJTF/HTII Lifetime Achievement Award as part of the Lincoln Center Reading.
2018 Remembrance Readings included UK outreach in honor of Holocaust Memorial Day, January 27. NJTF HTII sponsored London theatrical events supporting the mission of UK Holocaust Education Trust (HET) and UK Holocaust Memorial Day Trust (HMDT).
“We are living in times when studies indicate that the memory and knowledge of the Holocaust is lessening. Unfortunately, this coincides with the passing of living survivors. Civilization will be profoundly and negatively affected if the causes of this man-made tragedy are not understood in the context of today’s world. By researching, educating and performing Holocaust-related theater we utilize our talents to alter this course of events. Please join us in our mission”.
- Arnold Mittelman, NJTF President and Director of NJTF Holocaust Theater International Initiative at University of Miami Miller Center
Please continue or add your involvement to our 2019 5th annual Remembrance Readings, commemorating International Holocaust Memorial Day on Sunday January 27, Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) on Wednesday, May 1 and Thursday, May 2 and Kristallnacht (Night of Broken Glass), Saturday November 9 and Sunday, November 10. Thank You.
To participate in 2019 Readings register here.
For more information contact Justine Shayman, Outreach Director: email@example.com.
Community Partner: Shpiel Performing Identity Theatre
March 31, 2019
The Green Book by Calvin A. Ramsey
The story of an African-American family who opens their home to black travelers in the south during the Jim Crow era. The appearance of a white visitor, a Jewish Holocaust survivor, sets off a chain of events that reveals that racism and anti-Semitism cannot be ignored. See the original story and participate in a discussion with producer/co-adaptor David Chack, director/co-adaptor Ilesa Duncan, and the cast.
Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center
Free with Museum Admission Reservations required
9603 Woods Dr, Skokie, IL 60077
April 29, 2019 8 p.m.
Presented by the Jewish Federation of Greater San Gabriel and Pomona Valleys
Hosted by Pasadena Playhouse
The Wall by Millard Lampell, Based on the novel by John Hersey
Location of reading: The Pasadena Playhouse
39 S El Molino AvePasadena, CA 91101