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NJTF HTII Remembrance Readings

WHEN

Holocaust Theater Production (HTP) features annual Remembrance Day Play Readings (RR) and performances of Holocaust plays, scenes, monologues and verbatim testimony selected by participants from the Holocaust Theater Catalog. They are held in commemoration of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, January 27th, Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) and Kristallnacht November 9th & 10th. Organizations are also welcome to participate on other date(s) that are both feasible and beneficial to their collective constituencies and participants. 

HOW

Remembrance Readings do not require lengthy rehearsals and expensive production values. They can be done in concert or staged reading formats, in a variety of settings by diverse participants of all ages. They have involved theaters, artists, libraries, Holocaust educators, schools, universities, places of worship, JCCs, memorial museums and the general public. Remembrance Readings have been done by very experienced actors to those with limited or no formal theater training. 

We suggest these readings be followed by a panel discussion.  These conversations are meant to provide a deeper understanding of the play content, context, themes and contemporary relevance. 

2024 ReLaunch Remembrance Readings: The Association of Holocaust Organizations (AHO) bi-annual conference was held in Miami Florida,  January, 2023. More than 100 national leaders in the field of Holocaust awareness and education convened. Presenters included Theatre Communications Group (TCG) Executive Director, Teresa Eyring and Susan Myers, President of AHO. Both publicly reaffirmed their commitment to National Jewish Theater Foundation (NJTF) Holocaust International Initiative (HTII)  Remembrance Readings (RR).  As a result of this support NJTF HTII will lead three landmark collaborative programs aimed at younger audiences, families and new constituents. 1)Creates for the first time, a formal relationship between Professional Theater Companies and Holocaust Museums. 2) Incentivize University Theater Departments to work jointly with Judaic Studies, Religious and History programs education departments and onsite or off campus youth organizations. 3) Create with leadership of Jewish Community Centers of North America (JCCA),  strategies to train staffs in Remembrance Readings techniques and content.


2024 Remembrance Readings 

 

  • Thursday, August 22, 2024 at 05:30 PM

    The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis and the St. Louis Kaplan Feldman Holocaust Museum

    August 22, 2024 at 5:30pm

    Join the Museum, in partnership with The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, for a live staged reading of “Bad Jews”.
    Directed by New Jewish Theaters, Rebekah Scallet, “Bad Jews” with its provocative and satirical title, is a heartfelt and powerful exploration of Jewish values and what it means to be Jewish in today's global culture.  Told through three cousins, the play centers on the night after their grandfather’s funeral. The cousins, engage in a heated discussion regarding the legacy of their grandfather, a Holocaust Survivor, and his Chai necklace.  A heartfelt and hilarious brawl over family, faith and legacy ensues.
    This program is part of the  National Jewish Theater Foundations Remembrance Readings, a program honoring the victims, survivors and lessons of the Holocaust. May the unique power of theater in performance and education overcome the forces of bigotry, Holocaust denial, and serve as an artistic moral compass for future generations. This program is a collaboration between the Association of Holocaust Organizations, Theatre Communications Group and National Jewish Theater Foundation.

    VENUE: St. Louis Kaplan Feldman Holocaust Museum

    36 Millstone Campus Dr, St. Louis, MO 63146 

Past Readings

  • Monday, May 06, 2024 at 07:00 PM

    Remember the Women Institute

    7:00 PM on Monday, May 6 2024

    Beit Midrash of the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan

    Women, Theater, and the Holocaust, an evening of dramatic readings by professional actors, will be presented by Remember the Women Institute  

    This annual Yom HaShoah event features four readings that dramatize various aspects of women’s experiences during the Holocaust. They portray how women suffered and survived the horrors of the Nazi regime. Excerpts from Annulla, written and performed by Broadway veteran Emily Mann, are based on the true story of a Jewish woman who passed as a non-Jew in Nazi Germany. English Lessons is the premiere of a short play by Cynthia L. Cooper, inspired by a memoir by Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia’s sister Gemma LaGuardia Gluck, held as a political prisoner in Ravensbrück women’s concentration camp. Excerpts from And the Rat Laughed, a novel by Nava Semel, deal with the sexual abuse of a hidden child in Poland. The reading from Letters to Sala by Arlene Hutton, adapted from the book Sala's Gift by Ann Kirschner, is from the true account of a young girl's survival in Nazi labor camps.

    Following these dramatic presentations, there will be a talkback with the playwrights, as well as a reception.

    We thank the generous sponsors of this project, Patti Askwith Kenner and the Five Millers Family Foundation.

    We thank our partners, Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan, National Jewish Theater Foundation, National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene, and Jewish Theatre Circle. Our event is in cooperation with the annual National Jewish Theater Foundation- Holocaust Theater International Initiative Remembrance Readings.


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  • Saturday, May 04, 2024 at 07:30 PM

    JCC La Jolla

    May 4th @ 7:30pm

     

    J Company Youth Theatre

    Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center

    David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre

     

    I NEVER SAW ANOTHER BUTTERFLY by Celeste Raspanti

     

    4126 Executive Drive

    La Jolla, California 92037

     

     

  • Saturday, May 04, 2024 at 02:00 PM

    Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park in partnership with the Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center

    May 4, 2024 2:00pm 

    Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park in partnership with the Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center

    The Chosen performed at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park

    A post show panel discussion is planned for after the discussion.  The actors from the production will be joined onstage after the show by Henry Fenichel. He is a Holocaust survivor. He arrived in Brooklyn in the early 1950s and can provide a firsthand account of what the Jewish communities in Brooklyn were like around the same time as the setting of the play. 

    Henry Fenichel was born in The Hague in 1938. Shortly after the Nazi rise to power, sensing the danger to come, Henry’s parents, Pessel and Moritz, sent a request for their relocation to Palestine where his father’s family resided. After Henry’s father was deported to Mauthausen in 1942 and murdered by the Nazis several months later in Auschwitz, Henry and his mother still had no response to their request to immigrate. They then went into hiding. When Henry was four years old, he and his mother’s hiding place was discovered in the spring of 1943, and they were imprisoned in the Westerbork transit camp, one of two transit camps in the Netherlands. Shortly after arriving, Pessel learned of a prisoner exchange that would allow a select number of Jews to escape to Palestine. Through a miraculous series of events, Henry’s mother was able to get them on the list for “transport 222”. In February 1944, they were sent to Bergen-Belsen concentration camp and by June, Henry, his mother, and 220 other Dutch individuals left Bergen-Belsen, on their way to freedom in British Mandate Palestine. Upon arriving in Palestine, Henry was placed in a children’s home. His mother visited often and when she remarried, Henry lived with his mother and stepfather, Abraham. With the help of Abraham’s family, they came to America in 1953. Henry taught Physics at the University of Cincinnati for nearly four decades.

  • Friday, May 03, 2024 at 04:00 PM
    Round Lake High School Theatre in Round Lake , IL

    Round Lake High School's Ghostlight Readers Theatre

    May 3rd, 2024 at 4PM & 7PM- two performances

    Round Lake High School's Ghostlight Readers Theatre

    No Fading Star by Celeste Raspanti

    Round Lake High School Theatre

    800 High School Drive, Round Lake IL 

  • Saturday, February 10, 2024 at 06:00 PM
    University of Missouri Department of Theatre

    University of Missouri Department of Theatre

    Reading Occurred: Saturday, February 10, 2024

    University of Missouri, Department of Theatre

    Mizzou New Play Series

    LA SINAGOGA DE SAN PABLO by David Crespy

    A play about the Holocaust in Veria, Greece, exploring a visitation of St. Paul at the Barbouta Synagogue during the German Occupation of Greece in 1943, and the deportation of the Jewish community of Veria.

    A new play addition to our Holocaust Theater Catalogue. Please check back for time , it may change*

    Following the reading a panel will consist of Rabbi Matt Darrenbacher,  local Congregation Beth Shalom,  Jeanne Snodgrass, Director of Hillel and and Dr. David A. Crespy , the playwright who did the Fulbright research in Veria, Greece, to write the play.

     

     

     

  • Sunday, February 04, 2024 at 02:00 PM
    Theatre Jacksonville in Jacksonville, FL

    Theatre Jacksonville



  • Sunday, January 28, 2024 at 02:00 PM
    GableStage Theatre Company in Coral Gables, FL

    GableStage Theatre Company

    January 28 2024

    2:00pm

    OLD WICKED SONGS

    By Jon Marans
    Run time: 2 hours with a 15-minute intermission
     
    In 1986 Vienna, a young Jewish pianist arrives to study; but before he begins his piano instruction, he must first take singing lessons from the harsh, anti-semitic Professor Mashkan. As the play unfolds through the poetry of Heinrich Heine and the music of Robert Schumann, secrets are revealed, and these two men from different generations find they have much more in common than they think. Directed by playwright Jon Marans, this 1996 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize is a play with music that stars two actors who are classically trained pianists. Sponsored by Funding Arts Network.
    Mosaic Miami + GableStage: Can We Talk? Really, Can We Talk?
    Clarity and Sparks through Old Wicked Songs, A Fireside Chat with Maestro Gerard Schwartz
    Following immediately after the 2pm performance of Old Wicked Songs Open and free of charge to the public. Purchase your ticket to Old Wicked Songs. In honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day, Mosaic Miami executive director, Matt Anderson curates a discussion with Maestro Gerard Schwartz – a conductor with seven Emmy Awards, 14 Grammy nominations and an overwhelming number of additional accolades, Schwarz is known all over the world for his reputation of developing world-class orchestras. Born in America to Viennese parents, Schwarz is the grandson of Holocaust victims. He began studying piano at the age of five and soon focused on the trumpet. A graduate of both New York City’s High School of Performing Arts and The Juilliard School, he joined the New York Philharmonic in 1972 as co-principal trumpet, a position he held until 1977. Amongst his many accolades, he holds the position of Distinguished Professor of Music; Conducting and Orchestral Studies of the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami and Music Director of the Frost Symphony Orchestra. Schwarz is a renowned interpreter of 19th century German, Austrian and Russian repertoire, in addition to his noted work with contemporary American composers

     

     

  • Saturday, January 27, 2024 at 07:30 PM

    Tufts University-Department of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies

    January 27, 2024 at 7:30pm

    Tufts University-Department of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies 

    And Then They Came For Me written by James Still

    Directed by Dr. Barbara Wallace Grossman

    Balch Arena Theater, Aidekman Arts Center

    Following the reading a guided discussion will be led by Dr. Barbara Wallace Grossman, Professor of Theatre and Performance Studies, Tufts University.

  • Saturday, January 27, 2024 at 01:30 PM

    NYPLibrary Lincoln Center

    1/27/24

    1:30pm-3pm

    New York Public Library for the Performing Arts -Bruno Walter Auditorium

    Register for Tickets

    Commemorate International Holocaust Remembrance Day this year with an event that highlights the creative process behind current New York's Holocaust-related theater. In partnership with the National Jewish Theater Foundation's Holocaust Theater International Initiative, we are joined by producer, director, educator and NJTF President,  Arnold Mittelman. He will interview the creators of current shows such as Harmony, Our Class, and Here There Are Blueberries. This program illuminates how artists use a variety of source material to create unique works that impact audiences and combat hate and antisemitism.

    Mittelman speaks with bookwriter and lyricist Bruce Sussman and director Warren Carlyle who worked on Harmony, Igor Golyak, director of Our Class, and director Moises Kaufman and Amanda Gronich, the co-authors of Here There Are Blueberries.

    The discussion will also include video from a past interview that features Lynne Meadow, Artistic Director of Manhattan Theatre Club, currently presenting Prayer for the French Republic.

     

  • Thursday, January 25, 2024 at 07:30 PM
    Campus Black Box Theatre in Milledgeville, GA

    Georgia College & State University Department of Theatre & Dance

    January 25, 2024 at 7:30pm

    Georgia College & State University Department of Theatre & Dance

    Face Forward: Growing Up in Nazi Germany by Brendon Votipka

    Campus Black Box Theatre 

    Following the reading a panel discussion will be led by Dr. Karen Berman

     

  • Thursday, January 25, 2024 at 05:00 PM

    San Diego State University

    Event postponed details to follow

    San Diego State University

    Traces in the Wind by Gail Humphries Mardirosian

    The post-show dialogue will be co-lead by Dani Bedau, associate professor of Youth Theater at SDSU and Susanne Hillman, professor of Jewish History at SDSU.

    The topic will be The Power of the Arts to Heal and Help Us Survive. Other departments involved: History Department, the School of Theatre, Television, and Film and the Anti-semitism Taskforce.

     

     

  • Thursday, January 25, 2024 at 05:00 PM

    San Diego State University

    Event postponed details to follow this fall

    San Diego State University

    Traces in the Wind by Gail Humphries Mardirosian

    The post-show dialogue will be co-lead by Dani Bedau, associate professor of Youth Theater at SDSU and Susanne Hillman, professor of Jewish History at SDSU.

    The topic will be The Power of the Arts to Heal and Help Us Survive. Other departments involved: History Department, the School of Theatre, Television, and Film and the Anti-semitism Taskforce.

     

     

  • Sunday, January 21, 2024 at 04:00 PM
    Temple Israel of Boston in Boston , MA

    Temple Israel of Boston

    January 21, 2024

    Temple Israel Boston - Theatre@TI

    The Glass Room by Ryan Craig

    This reading will be performed by Bram Shapiro, Rainier Pearl-Styles, Chaim Wetmore, and Melissa Bacon, featuring Joelle Lurie and directed by Rachel Ollagnon. Following the reading please join us for tea, cookies, and a discussion.