For the eighth year in a row, The Winni Players, in conjunction with Temple Bâ€™Nai Israel in Laconia, will be presenting a special presentation of a Holocaust themed play to commemorate Holocaust Remembrance Day, Yom Hashoah. On Saturday April 18th at 7:30pm and April 19th at 2pm, the Players will be presenting Black Fear, an original script by Bath, NH resident and frequent Winni Players volunteer, Charles Fray. The play has recently been chosen for one of this year's "Charles A. Hildebrandt Holocaust and Genocide Studies Award" from The Cohen Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies at Keene State.
On April 15, 1945, two women, Shimza Wesh and Leah Goldhirsch, one Roma (Gypsy) and the other Jewish, are shoved together, fellow inmates in Flossenburg Concentration Camp in the Upper Palatinate region of Bavaria close to the border with Czechoslovakia. As World War II rages, burns and stumbles to a destructive end, Shimza and Leah find in and for each other that which they feared lost forever; friendship and unexpected love. As Shimza's and Leah's lives become inextricably bound together, they both become entangled with the life of a young German man. Those bindings, those entanglements, those connections forged in a five day chaotic crucible as discipline in the camp dissolves and becomes sporadic, and the Thousand Year Reich implodes, are still shaping lives on a snowy April Saturday in a small Vermont town fifty seven years later when Professor Franklin Cartwright, his niece Meghan and Franklin's granddaughter Gretchen share in the unraveling of a secret.
Like most of the past seven presentations for Holocaust Remembrance (last yearâ€™s The Brundibar Project being an exception), the play will be performed as a staged reading meaning that the actors will have minimal blocking and will hold their scripts in hand. Though not a full-scale production, these staged readings are always moving and thought-provoking. The cast will be made up of many Winni Players regulars including: Charles Fray, John Piquado, Nick Resca, Jennifer Summers, Johanna Halperin, Katie Dunn, Tamara McGonagle, Matt McGonagle, Janney Halperin, Barbara Webb, and Jim Rogato
Continuing with the format of prior years, immediately following the performances a discussion between the performers and audience will take place to allow people to share ideas and feelings about what they have just witnessed. Past discussions have had community members sharing personal stories and tears as well as expressing thoughts on anti-Semitism and the lingering effects of the Holocaust on Jews today.
Tickets are $7 per person and are available in advance at 279-0333 or winnipesaukeeplayhouse.org. This is an event for the entire community and the Temple and Playhouse encourage people from all walks of life and religions to take part in this event.
We are delighted to bring you a podcast about Black Fear featuring author Charles Fray and director Bryan Halperin, hosted by Dana Gardner and Ray Dudley.
To listed to the podcast or read the transcript, click here.
Holocaust Remembrance at The Winnipesaukee Playhouse
This is the eighth year the Winni Players have commemorated Holocaust Remembrance Day. Most presentations have been staged readings, with the exception being last year's The Brundibar Project (pictured).
How many have you attended?
2008 - Denial by Peter Sagal
2009 - A Shayna Maidel by Barbara Lebow
2010 - This Savage Parade by Anthony Shaffer
2011 - Incident at Vichy by Arthur Miller
2012 - Hana's Suitcase by Emil Sher
2013 - Irene's Vow by Dan Gordon
2014 - The Brundibar Project by Tony Kushner and Maurice Sendak
Make a Difference Mondays
This summer, six NH-based non-profits will have the opportunity to raise money for their cause and have a great night of theatre by participating in our Make A Difference Mondays. 15% of all sales for each of our Monday evening performances will be donated to a non-profit. We are looking for six non-profits who will actively work with us to make their evening a rousing success! Do you work for, volunteer for, or support a non-profit who would like to participate? Please fill out this online application which is the first step to being chosen as one of our designated non-profits.
BABY THE MUSICAL!
On Mother's Day Weekend, the Winni Players will be performing the musical Baby! In conjunction with the show, we are delighted to offer these great special events: