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By Diane Samuels


February 18, 19, 20, 21, 2015 at 8:00 PM
Sunday February 22, 2015 at 2:00 PM

Kindertransport is inspired by the real-life experiences of nearly 10,000 mostly Jewish children who were shipped out of Germany, Austria, and Czechoslovakia in 1938-39, just prior to the outbreak of World War II.    Many of these children did not see their families again and were adopted into the culture of their foster countries.  The story of these refugees, and indeed of child refugees everywhere, tells of the difficulties they faced in a new country, with a new language and customs. 

This intense and cinematic play moves forward and back in time between 1939 and 1979, pulling the audience into the story of Eva, who is sent away by her Mother, Helga,  and who is taken in and ultimately adopted by a British woman, Lillian.  Eva, believing herself abandoned and family dead, adopts British customs, religion, changes her name, and later does not tell her own daughter, Faith, about her childhood, until one fateful day when they are sorting through their attic.  Pain, loss, rejection, and survival are all intensely woven into the theatrical style of this compelling play.  The German folklore figure of the Ratcatcher lurks ominously in the background.  This strongly emotional play is not intended for young audiences.

The production is directed by OWU Professor Theatre D. Glen Vanderbilt Jr., who also provides the scene and lighting design, with the assistance of OWU senior Stage Manager Zoe Crankshaw, costume design by costume shop manager Jacqueline Shelley, assisted by OWU sophomore Emily Polter.  Language and dialect assistance is provided by OWU Professor of German Dr. Thomas Wolber, Ms. Polter, and Part-time Instructor Bradford Sadler.  The cast is headed by juniors Katie Patrick (Eva), Margot Reed (Helga), and first year students Rachel Scherrer (Evelyn), Harper Toney (Lillian), and Kacie Iuvara (Faith).  They are supported by junior Luke Steffen (a Station Guard), sophomores Anderson Molina and Trenton Williams (the Ratcatchers), and first year students T.J. Galamba (a Nazi guard), Khayyam Zubair (a Station Organizer), and Charlie Lennon (a Postman).

Ticket prices: $5-students/seniors/faculty/staff, and $10-general.
Admission is free for Ohio Wesleyan students with a valid ID.

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