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"Kindertransport" play closes out GAW

"Kindertransport" play closes out GAW

Scottsdale Community College's School of Film+Theatre presents the play "Kindertransport" to close out the school's Genocide Awareness Week programming.

The play will be staged Friday, April 21 and Saturday, April 22 at Two Waters Circle Amphitheater. Both shows start at 6:30 p.m. The performances are free to attend and open to the pubic. Due to mature themes, it is not recommended for children 10 and under.

The 1993 play by Diane Samuels depicts the agony of separating a child from her parents, and the consequences later in life, when the child is an adult. It does so through the story of 9-year-old Eva Schlesinger, a fictional composite drawn from interviews with surviving "kinder" interviewed by Samuels. "Kindertransport" means child's transport in German.

The play is based on the evacuation of 10,000 Jewish children under age 17 from Germany to England between 1938 - barely a month after Kristallnacht, a two-day pogrom against German Jews that became known as the "Night of Broken Glass" - and the declaration of war in 1939. 

The Scottsdale presentation is directed by Annie Dutoit and Randy Messersmith, with Matthew Dameron serving as assistant director. Cast members are Erika Garcia (Helga), Erin Hurley (Eva), Annie Dutoit (Evelyn), Gabrielle Klobucar (Faith), Kathleen Piersons (Lil, 1980s), Abigail Garlow (Lil, 1930s-40s), and Matthew Dameron (Ratcatcher, SS Officer, et al.).

If you go

When: Friday, April 21 and Saturday, April 22. Both shows start at 6:30 p.m.

Where: Two Waters Circle Amphitheater, Scottsdale Community College, 9000 E. Chaparral Road, Scottsdale, AZ

Cost: Free admission; no RSVP needed.

*Due to mature themes, not recommended for children 10 and under.
**Photography, video and/or video or cell phone recording of show prohibited.