Etty, a One-Woman Play

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Date(s) - 11/13/2018
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


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Set up for this is at 6:00 pm.

Etty, a one-woman play based on the diaries and letters of Etty Hillesum, adapted and performed by Susan Stein, will be performed at Stevens Chapel on Tuesday, November 13th at 7:00 pm.

“Using only Etty Hillesum’s words, Susan Stein’s adaptation brings us to 1941 when Esther “Etty” Hillesum, a young Dutch Jewish woman, is living in Amsterdam. Upon the recommendation of her therapist, Julius Spier, she began a diary on 8 March 1941 to help her with her depression. Hoping to become a writer, the diaries take on their own literary life, presenting both Etty’s growth as a writer and spiritual transformation. As deportations begin, she prepares for the three-day journey eastward, 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 reach out from the Holocaust and allow us to see the power of hope and individual thought in the most extreme circumstances. In her gentle yet forthright way, Etty asks us not to leave her at Auschwitz but to let her have a ‘bit of a say’ in what she hopes will be a new world.”

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