Etty, A One-Woman Theatrical Play by Susan Stein
Tuesday, October 6th, 2015 at 7PM All Faith Chapel, Divinity School
Etty is a one-woman play based on the diaries and letters of Etty Hillesum, adapted and performed by Susan Stein and directed by Austin Pendleton. Using only Hillesum’s words, the play brings us to 1941 when Esther “Etty” Hillesum, a young Dutch Jewish woman, is living in German-occupied Amsterdam. Upon the recommendation of her therapist and later lover, Julius Spier, she begins a diary to help her with her depression. As deportations begin, 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 refuse to be muted by her murder in Auschwitz and insist that we see the power of faith and individual thought to sustain life in the most extreme circumstances.
Start Time: 07:00 PM
Sponsor: Tennessee Holocaust Commission, Jewish Federation of Middle Tennessee