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Etty - the play Returns to Pittsburgh!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015
7:00pm

Duquesne University
600 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

$15 per ticket
Open to the Public

Purchase tickets here: duq.edu/etty

Etty is a touring one-woman play based on the diaries and letters of Etty Hillesum, adapted and performed by Susan Stein.

Directed by Austin Pendleton.

Photograph by Ricardo Barros

Using only Etty Hillesum's words, Susan Stein's adaptation brings us to 1941 when Esther "Etty" Hillesum, a young Dutch Jewish woman, is living in Amsterdam. Upon the recommendation of her therapist, Julius Spier, she began a diary on 8 March 1941 to help her with her depression. Hoping to become a writer, the diaries take on their own literary life, presenting both Etty's growth as a writer and spiritual transformation. As deportations begin, she prepares for the three day journey eastward, she digs deeper into her soul to understand this piece of history and root out any hatred or bitterness, believing that humanity is the best and only solution for survival. Etty's words, insights and beliefs reach out from the Holocaust and allow us to see the power of hope and individual thought in the most extreme circumstances. In her gentle yet forthright way, Etty asks us not to leave her at Auschwitz but to let her have a bit of a say in what she hopes will be a new world.

ettyplay inc encompasses theatrical and educational experiences designed to challenge participants to reexamine assumptions about the Holocaust and explore issues of resistance, human rights, social justice and individual responsibility. We make available study guides to enrich an audience's experience of the play. Teaching artists work closely with educators to tailor to the needs of a given site a variety of writing and dramatic workshops. ettyplay teaching artists have also created a curriculum for teaching the Holocaust through the arts with a series of lessons that work independently or in conjunction with the play Etty.

The mission of ettyplay inc is to use the writings of Etty Hillesum to promote social justice, to challenge prejudice by examining the consequences of genocide and to enable participants to explore their own personal stories alongside Etty's, as they consider their role in the struggle for human rights.

Performance of Etty as part of Kristallnacht Commemoration. Sponsored by the Jewish Studies Forum at Duquesne University

For more information or to schedule a workshop with Susan Stein for your school, contact Melissa Haviv- melissa@classroomswithoutborders.org

For more information about Etty Hillesum, or "Etty"- the play, visit www.ettyplay.org.