Adapted and Performed by Susan Stein
Directed by Austin Pendleton
Followed by Talkback with Susan Stein
"Etty" is a touring one-woman play based on the diaries and letters of Etty Hillesum. Using only Etty's words, Susan Stein's adaptation brings us to 1941 when Esther "Etty" Hillesum, a young Dutch Jewish woman, is living in Amsterdam. Upon the recommendation of her therapist, she began a diary on March 8, 1941 to help her with her depression. Hoping to become a writer, the diaries take on their own literary life, presenting both Etty's growth as a writer and spiritual transformation. As deportations begin, and she prepares for the three day journey eastward, she digs deeper into her soul to understand this piece of history and root out any hatred or bitterness, believing that humanity is the best and only solution for survival. Etty's words, insights and beliefs reach out from the Holocaust and allow us to see the power of hope and individual thought in the most extreme circumstances. 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.
The cost for this show is $18 for Weinstein JCC Members, $22 for non-members and $15 for seniors, students and groups of 10+.