Cabaret in Captivity

Songs and sketches written in Terezín/Theresienstad, from Lisa Peschel's anthology Performing Captivity, Performing Escape and other sources.

BW Stage, performing captivity

Mondays April 9th and 16th at 7:30pm

At Pangea, 
178 Second Avenue, between 11th and 12th St.

Tickets $20: Buy tickets here

Seating at Pangea is communal. Other guests may be seated at the table. There is a $20 per person food or beverage minimum at the tables. DINNER SEATING BEGINS AT 6:30PM. 

Being performed as part of the National Jewish Theater Foundation's Holocaust Theater International Initiative, Remembrance Day Play Readings.

Conceived by Edward Einhorn

Developed and directed by Edward Einhorn and Jenny Lee Mitchell

Produced by Untitled Theater Company No. 61 in conjunction with Mad Jenny Theater

Original work written by Armin Berg, Robert Dauber, Hans Hofer, Vitezslav “Pidla” Horpatzky, Jaroslav Jezek, Frantisek Kowanitz, Feliz Porges, Leo Strauss, Karel Svenk, Louis Taufstein, Viktor Ullman, Ilse Weber, and Lisa Zeckendorf-Kutzinski

With: Craig Anderson, Seth Gilman, Jeremy Lawrence, Jenny Lee Mitchell, Alyson Leigh Rosenfeld, Katarina Vizina and Barbara Maier Gustern

Musical direction and piano accompaniment: Maria Dessena.

Terezin was the final stop for more than 30,000 Central and Western European Jews, most from Czechoslovakia, Austria and Germany who perished within its walls. For thousands more it was only a way station on the journey to the slave-labor and death camps. Yet it was also a place where many prisoners became intensely aware of the meaning and power or art. During those years in Terezin/Theresienstadt, a vigorous cultural life emerged. Not all prisoners participated in the cultural life and only a small fraction of the works produced there has survived.

"Although honoring a somber event, the atmosphere was surprisingly pleasant and uplifting...Cabaret in Captivity is a call to action to use hope not as a means of passive daydreaming, but a powerful act of resistance. It has been said that humor equals truth plus distance. Perhaps humor was the most palatable, effective way of sharing the unbelievable creativity, will, and resistance that came from the 'Chosen' who 'had no choice.' " - Amy Oestreicher, Broadway World

Previously performed at The Center for Jewish History, the Bohemian National Hall, York Theatre, the Czech Embassy in Washington, DC, and The William Goodenough House in London, England.