| Never Saw Another Butterfly
by Celeste Raspanti
Directed by Vickie Trickett
May 15 - 18 @ 8 PM | Sunday, May 19 @ 2 PM
15,000 Jewish children were sent by the Nazi Gestapo to Theresienstadt, a former military camp also known as Terezin. This concentration camp was a stopping place for children and adults on their way to the gas chambers in Auschwitz. When Terezin was liberated in 1945, there were only about 100 surviving children there.
One of the survivors, Raja, having lived through it all, teaching the children when there was nothing to teach with, helping to give them hope when there was little enough reason for hope, creating a little world of laughter, of flowers and butterflies behind the barbed wire, tells the true story of the children.
It's her play and it's theirs. There were no butterflies at Terezin, of course, but for the children, butterflies became a symbol of defiance, making it possible for them to live on and play happily while waiting to be transported.
This play is her story.
Raja Englanderova (adult)
Raja Englanderova (child)
The Youth of Terezin
Celia Douglass, Michael Hovatter, Tay Kauffman, Zachary Hughes