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Play Written Within a Nazi Concentration Camp at Johnson Theater Nov. 3 - 7

October 20, 2010

Sarah Miranda, Daniel Shine, Sean Driscoll, Evan Eckstrom, Joshua Fredette, Victoria Carot and Elise Williams.

“Voices of Terezín,” directed by Raina Ames, director of theatre education, incorporates “Smoke of Home “written by Zdeněk Eliáš and Jiří Stein, who were imprisoned at Terezín, a concentration camp in what is now the Czech Republic.

Terezín served as a collection camp for inmates on their way to the gas chambers of Auschwitz-Birkenau. Prisoners were allowed a certain amount of normalcy for outside observers; they found release from their unbearable circumstances through artistic creations ranging from operas and cabarets to concerts and covertly produced drawings that collectively recorded the truth of the camp. Although “Smoke of Home” is a play about prisoners of the Thirty Years’ War, its themes paralleled the longing for home of those interned at Terezín. It was never performed inside the camp.

“Voices of Terezín” runs Nov. 3 to 6 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 7 at 2 p.m. After the Wednesday through Saturday performances, a discussion will take place with Holocaust scholars, historians and the playwright’s daughter and widow, Rachel Elias and Kathleen Schmitt Elias.  Contact nancy.pearson@unh.edu for complete schedule of guest speakers.

For tickets, contact the MUB ticket office, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at 2-2290 or online at www.unhmub.com/ticket. Tickets are $12.50 for general admission and $10.50 for seniors, UNH ID holders; and groups of 15 or more. The box office opens one hour prior to curtain in the lobby at the Paul Creative Arts Center. 

For more information and show times or to learn about discounts on season subscriptions, call the department of theatre and dance at 2-2919, or visit www.unh.edu/theatre-dance.

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