Theresienstadt Theater's 'I Never Saw Another Butterfly' on Jerusalem Stage

'I Never Saw Another Butterfly' played by the J-Town Playhouse; Ben Bard Players perform Claude Salama's 'The Statement'; The Israel Association of Writers in English holds public reading of poetry and prose

Steven Klein
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J-Town Playhouse performs 'I never saw another butterfly.'
J-Town Playhouse performs 'I never saw another butterfly.'Credit: \ Ita Arbit
Steven Klein

THERESIENSTADT THEATER: One of the memorable works that emerged from the Holocaust is “I Never Saw Another Butterfly,” the collection of art and poetry by Jewish children imprisoned in the Theresienstadt concentration camp. On the occasion of Holocaust Remembrance Day next Wednesday night, J-Town Playhouse will present a one-act play by the same name as that of the art and poetry collection, following a ceremony at Jerusalem’s Dr. Max and Gianna Glassman Family Center. The play recounts the story of Raja, played by Sorah Grotsky, a child survivor of Theresienstadt. “This play is a tribute to the children of Terezin who perished in the Holocaust,” director Malka Abrahams, who hails from England, told Haaretz. “These brave souls found hope and strength to continue through their art despite the darkness.” J-Town Playhouse will put on another seven performances from April 12 to April 30, three of them matinees. For more info and tickets, call (02) 566-1181.

ON ONE HAND: What happens when 10 prominent Jews, prisoners of the Nazis, are given one hour to sign a statement that Nazism is the ultimate philosophy for mankind in exchange for their freedom? The Ben Bard Players explore this dilemma in the world premier in English of Claude Salama’s “The Statement” at Jerusalem’s Khan Theater next week. “The story is really about the commitment of Jews to the Jewish people in times of stress,” said director Barak Bard, who translated the play from French. The cast includes Daniel Fliegler, Avraham Friedman, Mel Glatzer, David Golinkin, Solomon Levine, Yisrael Levitt, Yosef Mayo, Miriam Metzinger, Aharon Naiman, Shimshon Schwarz, Robin Stamler and Marty Weisel. The show opens Tuesday and continues next Thursday and April 24-26. For reservations, call (02) 630-3600.

NARRATIVE ARC: The Israel Association of Writers in English is planning a public reading of poetry and prose featuring contributors to arc 25, the latest issue of its journal, at the Little Prince bookstore on 17 Rashi Street in Tel Aviv next Tuesday. The theme of this edition is “A Calm Inside a Storm” and it includes work by almost 50 poets, fiction writers and essayists. Shlomo Yashar and Mark L. Levinson, who will co-host the reading with Lois Michal Unger, edited the issue. First published in 1982, arc is a continuing literary showcase for the members of the association and for others. For more info, call Lois at (054) 261-2525.

Rank and File was compiledby Steven Klein.

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