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Survivors the Play

March 17, 2024    
9:30 am

Please register for this free production. Actor talk back to follow performance. Families invited.

This event is intended for grades 5 and up. Any child below grade 5 must be with a parent/guardian. 

This one-hour play, commissioned by CenterStage Theatre and the Louis S. Wolk Jewish Community Center of Greater Rochester and written by Wendy Kout, teaches the chronological history of the Holocaust by enacting the actual experiences of Jewish children and teenagers from Europe.  Actors portray the Survivors and take us on a perilous journey from innocence through the terrifying rise and rule of bigotry, xenophobia, and violence to the triumph of immigrating to America. 

Though the play is about the past, it is relevant and resonant for the present and future.  The Survivors inspire us to face today’s personal and worldly challenges, hardships and horrors through resilience, perseverance, hope, humor, compassion and community. The Survivors also remind us that we must always speak up against hatred, that we can never take our democracy for granted, and we must always fight to maintain our dignity and our freedom.