HERE Arts Centers
145 6th Avenue, New York City
About the Show
Thirty miles outside Prague lies the city of Terezin, a Nazi-described “Jewish ghetto” and makeshift way station for millions of people awaiting transfer to death camps. Against all odds, a group of children is able to use their determination and creativity to build lives filled with hope and beauty – playing, studying, making art, and writing an underground newspaper – all at the risk of being killed. Incorporating actual poems and other writings recovered from Terezin after the war, this exquisite play explores the strength, optimism and extraordinary resilience at the core of the human spirit. Despite their horrifying situation, these children are able to use art to re-create the world they once knew, and imagine a brighter future.
Ethan Itzkow as Miroslav Weiss, Lilly Wilton as Eva Hellerova, Ryan Jones as Pavel Hoffman, Rebecca Kurnellas as Gabriela Winterova, Evan Smolin as Martin Lowy, Caroline Rosenblum as Alena Lederova, Alex Dreier as Erik Kosek and Mia Sinclair Jenness as Jana Hellerova, with Raquel Wallace and Livi Perrone as Swings.