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R-MWC Theatre Presents Kindertransport

Play details story of child affected by Nazi camps

10/20/2006 10:19:15 AM


LYNCHBURG – In the final nine months before World War II, nearly 10,000 unaccompanied Jewish children escaped from Germany on trains headed for the freedom of Britain. Most never saw their parents again.

Kindertransport, a play by Diane Samuels, tells the story of Evelyn, a British woman in her fifties, and Eva, the nine-year-old German child she used to be.

Randolph-Macon Woman’s College’s Theatre Department will perform this profound play Oct. 26-30 in the Thoresen Theatre in Leggett Building.

All performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. except the Sunday matinee, which will take place at 2 p.m.

General admission is $12, R-MWC faculty/staff cost is $9 and the cost for students is $5. A portion of the proceeds will support the American Red Cross in appreciation for their continued work.

Based upon autobiographic accounts from Kindertransport children, this play focuses on Eva at four points in her life. We are witness to the rainbow of emotions encountered by Eva as she tries to deal with her families and herself while burdened by the painful past which was chosen for her.

“Our first play of the season looks at what we allow ourselves to become and the influence of childhood and the conclusions of a young mind on later life,” said Ken Parks, director. “What starts as a hopeful deliverance has lasting repercussions and argues the point that the most profound consequences are sometimes hidden.”

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