Local theaters present Holocaust readings April 13

national jewish threatre foundationSAN DIEGO (Press Release) —  On Monday, April 13, 2015, organizations across the country including major theaters, universities, memorial museums, centers and embassies will unite to honor victims of the Holocaust by joining in the first ever Remembrance Readings for Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah). This event was conceived and launched by the National Jewish Theater Foundation (NJTF) as a way to use the unique power of theater and playwriting to remember the Holocaust. It draws upon material from over 600 plays made accessible in their newly created Holocaust Theater Catalog (HTC).

The following is a list of San Diego participating organizations and their play selections: San DiegoLa Jolla PlayhouseIntelligence Slave by Kenneth Lin; The Old GlobeThe Revisionist by Jesse Eisenberg; North Coast Repertory TheatreThe History of Invulnerability by David Bar Katz; Intrepid Theatre Company at Leichtag Foundation Ranch The Substance of Fire by Jon Robin Baitz  and San Diego Repertory Theatre – date & play tbd:

The HTC was researched by NJTF staff, scholars, artists, volunteers and a remarkable Advisory Board overseen by Arnold Mittelman the founding NJTF President and HTC Project Director. The HTC was funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, private donors and is housed online at the University of Miami Miller Center for Contemporary Judaic Studies.

Mittelman said: “Although theater has played an extraordinary role from the 1930s to today in Holocaust awareness and education, there has never before been a national program that emphasized the use of theater in Holocaust awareness.  I am delighted that these plays are now a resource for this inaugural series of Remembrance Readings done by so many worthwhile organizations across the U.S.A. for their deserving audiences.   It is our sincere hope that the utilization of these select theater works in education and production will continue and grow internationally inspiring all to keep alive the lessons of the Holocaust while providing an artistically driven moral compass for future generations”.

The website NJTFoundation.org  has a complete list of participating organizations, information about this initiative and HTC or to register your organization as a host.

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