E&H Stages Kindertransport Feb. 26-March 1 (All Show Times 7:30 p.m. except March 1 at 2 p.m.)
E&H Stages Kindertransport Feb. 26-March 1
An Emory & Henry College Theatre Department production that examines a program to remove Jewish children to safety during the Holocaust will be staged Feb. 26 through March 1 at the College.
Directed by Dan Wheeler, the play, “Kindertransport,” examines the efforts, during World War II and afterwards, of the British government to safely move approximately 10,000 Jewish children out of Germany and Austria. The play is fictitious, although it is based on many real stories.
All performances begin at 7:30 p.m. except the Sunday performance which will begin at 2 p.m. All performances will be held in the E&H Studio Theater.
Between 1938 and the outbreak of World War II, almost 10,000 children, most of them Jewish, were sent by parents from Germany to Britain. Nine-year-old Eva ends up on Manchester.
When Eva’s parents fail to escape Germany, the child changes her name and begins the process of denial of her roots. It is only when her own daughter discovers some old letters that Eva is forced to confront the truth about her past.
Winner of the 1992 Verity Bargate Award, this modern classic was first staged by the Soho Theatre Company in London and subsequently at the Manhattan Theatre Club in New York.
Tickets for the event are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. For individuals 55 years of age and older or for students from other institutions, tickets are $8.
For tickets or additional information, contact the E&H Arts Box Office at 276-944-6866.
Prior to the performance, there will be a lecture by Jessica Hughes, a junior Pre-Professional Musical Theatre Major at Emory and Henry College. As a production dramaturge, Hughes has done significant research on the Kindertransport from Nazi Germany. This lecture will be on Thursday, Feb. 26 at 6 p.m. in the Board of Visitors Lounge in the Van Dyke Center.