Wednesday, November 16, 2022

THE COVENANT @ Segal Centre Studio until December 03 2022

Jonathan Silver as Peter with Holly Gauthier-Frankel as Hilde in The Covenant

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The story unfolds at Terezin ghetto-camp in 1944. Peter and Hilde open the play as they talk with God, questioning why they have been plunged in the devastating waking nightmare that were concentration camps during World War II.

The NAZIs wanted to have the prisoners decorate Terezin ghetto-camp  for an official Red Cross visit that would whitewash their reputation and the growing awareness of what the Germans were really doing to millions of deportees. 

A difficult play about an ongoing threat to Jewish communities. Seats encircle a bare stage where clothes hanging in the back serve as both prop support and the continuing disappearance of ordinary Jews from the concentration camp. The NAZIs thought that sending thousands of Jews to Auschwitz Terezin would look better. 

You will see a love story. the role of art in desperate times, inexpressible loss, pure evil, death and how Jews tried to keep connected with God while traversing hell. It is a heartbreaking story about an ongoing evil that must end NOW!

The play was written by Alice Abracen, directed by Murdoch Schon and stars Holly Gauthier-Frankel, Laura Mitchell, Romi Shraiter, Jonathan Silver and Brett Watson. See here for all details and to buy tickets.

In this short video you will see the origins of antisemitism and in this one, what is happening now. 


Facades for the International Commission by Bedrich Fritta

This illustration by Bedrich Fritta, a prisoner at Terezín, depicts the “beautification” of the ghetto-camp undertaken by the SS before the Red Cross visit in 1944.

© Thomas Fritta-Haas, long-term loan to the Jewish Museum Berlin, photo: Jens Ziehe

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