Script Reading Club, A Series


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We invite you to examine three plays that deal with the themes of STORIES OF SURVIVAL, the museum’s fall 2021 exhibition. Participants will be given an electronic copy of each script via email, to prepare for group discussion on the first Thursdays of October, November and December. Sessions, held virtually over Zoom, are moderated by Faye Sholiton, in a project co-produced with Interplay Jewish Theatre. Pre-registration is required, as space is limited.

Register for one, two, or all three of these discussions!


October 7 at 1pm: If The Whole Body Dies

IF THE WHOLE BODY DIES: Raphael Lemkin and the Treaty Against Genocide, by Robert Skloot. One of modern history’s unsung heroes is Raphael Lemkin, a Polish-born, American attorney/activist who lost 49 family members in the Holocaust. It was Lemkin who coined the word “genocide” in 1944 and launched what would become a worldwide effort to define – and outlaw – these pernicious crimes against humanity. The treaty wasn’t ratified until 1988, nearly three decades after Lemkin’s death, with the U.S. among the last to sign. Robert Skloot’s stunning play demonstrates the power of art to honor a righteous man.

You will receive your copy of the script and your Zoom link after registering for this event. You must register for each Script Club Program individually; registering for this event will not register you for upcoming events in this series.


November 11 at 1pm: A Patch of Earth

A PATCH OF EARTH, by Kitty Felde. Playwright and longtime journalist Kitty Felde explores the impact of genocide on a Serbo-Croatian soldier who participated in the July 1995 massacre of some 1,200 Bosnian Muslim men and boys outside of Srebrenica. The young soldier had been given a choiceless choice: become a killer, or be killed. Weaving together a court case, unbidden ghosts and magical realism, Felde portrays one man caught up in an endless ethnic war, condemned to live with his guilt.

You will receive your copy of the script and your Zoom link after registering for this event. You must register for each Script Club Program individually; registering for this event will not register you for upcoming events in this series.


December 2 at 1pm: Come Good Rain

COME GOOD RAIN, by George Serremba. A miracle happened on December 10, 1980, when Ugandan villagers came upon the bullet-ridden, broken body of a 23-year-old man. The young man, who had just returned from his liberal studies abroad during the brutal dictatorship of Idi Amin, was unprepared to deal with Amin’s equally brutal successor, Milton Obote. When he publicly opposed the state of Ugandan politics, he was arrested, tortured and left for dead. That young man, George Serremba, would live to tell his story in a solo, life-affirming play he has performed around the world.

You will receive your copy of the script and your Zoom link after registering for this event. You must register for each Script Club Program individually; registering for this event will not register you for upcoming events in this series.


Thank you to our programming partner: Interplay Jewish Theatre