Etty: a Theatrical Event performed by Susan Stein
Wednesday, November 8, 7:00pm
$10 general, $5 for members.
Standing alone on a bare stage, Etty (performed by Susan Stein) speaks directly to the audience as she wrestles to write the life she is living—her loves, her work, her sense of humor, her knowledge of self in this moment in history. She lives much of her life in 1942 occupied Amsterdam and even later in the Westerbork concentration camp, yet she also finds it horrifying. 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. A disarming one-woman play, Etty invites the audience to be part of her intimate struggle to find a freedom within herself as the world closes in around her. Music from Westerbork’s cabaret weaves into Etty’s sharp accounts of the transports, the image of a guard picking purple lupines, and the shape of her lover’s mouth. The second act invites the audience to join the conversation Etty begins.