Mar 12 @ 8:00 pm - 9:15 pm
Location - The Mill Hill Playhouse
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Type of Event - Passage Mainstage
Solo Flights returns for our 30th anniversary! March 3-20, 2016.
Full description - Solo Flights Festival
Standing alone on a bare stage, Etty Hillesum speaks directly to the audience as she witnesses her world and confronts God with her ethical and moral questions. Music from the Westerbork concentration camp weaves into sharp accounts of the transports, a boy who tries to run away, the image of a guard picking purple lupines, the untenable situation of Jews in the Jewish Council and the shape of her lover’s mouth.
Crafted solely from Hillesum’s writings during the Holocaust, this unconventional theater experience brings the audience into Etty’s thinking as she wrestles to write the life she is living – her loves, her work, her wry sense of humor, her knowledge of self and the moment in history.
Susan Stein is the author of Etty, an adaptation of Etty Hillesum’s diaries and letters. Susan picked up the diaries in 1994 for fifty cents at a yard sale after her friend, Joan, recommended them. After reading the diaries, Susan wanted to give something back to Etty. She wanted to make a play of Etty’s words and bring her to people who might not read the diaries themselves.
She began distilling the diaries and letters in 2006, meeting weekly with New York director and actor Austin Pendleton to bring her adaptation to the stage. Etty has been performed in black box theatres, studios, libraries, schools and major theatres around the country and internationally. Some of these venues include: Yad Vashem, Israel; 59e59 Theaters, New York; Next Theatre, Illinois; Philly Fringe Festival, Pennsylvania; Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Scotland; Smith College, Massachusetts; Boston College; Boston University; University of Ghent, Belgium; Bowery Poetry Club, New York; Fort Monmouth Army Base, New Jersey; The Museum of Jewish Heritage, New York; Anne Frank Center USA, Peekskill Performing Arts Center, New York; and the Etty Hillesum Center in Deventer, The Netherlands.
Susan Stein appeared in Arthur Miller’s The American Clock, directed by Austin Pendleton. She was seen at Luna Stage in A Parent’s Evening. Susan studied acting at NYU Graduate School of Arts & Sciences and Purchase College, SUNY. She served for thirteen years on the faculty of Princeton Day School in Princeton, NJ, teaching Dramatic Literature, playwriting, and the history and literature of the Holocaust.
For more information about Etty or Etty Hillesum, please visit http://www.ettyplay.org/.