The Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education presents Lift
Her Voice from the Darkness
The Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education of Hebrew Union College and
the Ensemble Theater of Cincinnati are proud to present the original production,
Lift Her Voice From the Darkness as part of Holocaust Awareness Weeks
2003: Women and the Holocaust. Throughout the weeks of April 27- May 11, the
Cincinnati community will discover the fascinating, poignant stories of women
during the Holocaust through art, music, lecture, film, and theater.
Lift Her Voice From the Darkness is a dramatic production portraying
the stories of women of the Holocaust through dramatic readings of personal
testimonies brought to life on stage. This series of performances, co-sponsored
by the Ensemble Theater of Cincinnati, are open to school and general audiences.
There are matinee performances on Wednesday, April 30 and Thursday, May 1 at
2 p.m. and evening performances on Monday, May 5 and Tuesday, May 6 at 7:30
p.m. at the Ensemble Theater of Cincinnati, 1127 Vine Street Downtown.
Dr. Anna Ornstein, Holocaust survivor, will be available on stage, after the
performances, to interact with the actors and the audience for the matinee showings.
Tickets for evening performances are $10 and tickets for matinee performances
are $5. Schools can call the Ensemble Theater to bring the performance to their
premises, or arrange for morning performances at the theater itself. A grant
to help in transportation costs or school performances for low income areas
has been provided through the generosity of Barbara Gould.
In addition, Welcoming the Sabbath Queen, a unique interfaith service led
by women clergy will include selections of Lift Her Voice From the Darkness.
This free special event will be held on Friday evening, May 9 at 5p.m. at the
Scheuer Chapel at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, followed
by a reception. Co-sponsors of this interfaith program are Hebrew Union College-Jewish
Institute of Religion, the YWCA of Greater Cincinnati, and the Indian Hills
Women’s stories are told through first-person testimonies and diaries
and their strength will be highlighted through this production. The writings
used in Lift Her Voice From the Darkness have been chosen by a group of women
from the Cincinnati area. Dr. Racelle Weiman, Director of The Center for Holocaust
and Humanity Education, feels that the value of the project began months previous
to finishing the production: “Fifty area women gathered to read women’s
writings from the Holocaust. The process of contributing to the project gave
empowerment to the voices of women of the Holocaust and the women of Cincinnati
that are bringing these voices to the community’s attention.”
Lift Her Voice From the Darkness will use excerpts from the powerful
writings of important authors such as Charlotte Delbo, Isabella Leitner, Ruth
Elias, Olga Lengyel, and from the poetry of Nellie Sachs. This production will
allow for the community to hear of these riveting stories through the talent
of these women writers, whose message, many times, has been overlooked.
D. Lynn Meyers of the Ensemble Theater is adamant about the production’s
message. “We will be bringing to life the words of women who, against
all odds, survived and helped others to survive. This is a fine example of faith
and strength defeating evil, and we are honored to be a partner in this important
work,” Meyers said.
The Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education is an education and community
resource center located on the Cincinnati campus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish
Institute of Religion. It offers workshops, professional training seminars,
and graduate courses. Teaching Holocaust Studies from academic and theological
perspectives, The Center promotes tolerance and social justice in a broad range
of civic and cultural concerns. For more information, contact The Center for
Holocaust and Humanity Education by phone (513) 221-1875, ext. 355 or email
firstname.lastname@example.org or check the website at www.holocaustandhumanity.org.