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September 19, 2003 - Image 81

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2003-09-19

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JET's Artistic
Evelyn Orbach
Best Actress
Detroit Free
Press, 1999

"Dear Esther is about fighting back. Esther
Terner Raab was one of 300 people who
escaped from the Sobibor death camp in
an elaborately planned uprising. Most of
those who escaped were soon killed by
Nazi sympathizers, but 50 made it to safety.
It is a tale whose horror is rendered most
concisely when Esther describes the arrival
of a trainload of people at Sobibor They
are quickly processed and executed.
"From whistle to smoke, 45 minutes, some-
times 30," she says. Orbach gives a
thoughtful and elegant performance."

- Martin F Kohn,
Detroit Free Press Theatre Critic

Available to tour outstate

Dates available upon request. $3,000 for
one performance. $1,500 for each addi-
tional performance at the same location
in same week. Some grants available.


NEW! Spring zoo('


by Maddee Sommers

This new play, commissioned by JET, with the
support of the Jewish Women's Foundation of
Metropolitan Detroit, examines the issue of the
girl bully. This program is targeted to upper ele-
mentary and middle school girls and is inspired
by recent studies and books such as Odd Girl
Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression In Girls
by Rachel Simmons and Queenbees and
Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive
Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends and Other Realities
of Adolescence by Rosalind Wiseman.
Previous studies and even some school 'anti-
bullying" programs offen address only the boy
bully whose usual weapon is physical aggres-
sion. New works show that girl bullies are
much more insidious, using high tech tools
such as three-way calling and internet IM, to
spread rumors, encourage exclusion, manipu-
late and inflict psychological pain on their vic-
tim, Mean Girls will present your students with
realistic characters they can recognize and
provide an excellent springboard for further
discussion of the problem and possible solu-
tions. Please call the JET office 248.788.2900 for
details. $595 per performance.


These workshops use a variety of gentle, drama-based activities to encourage the
mutual sharing of insight, speculation and stories concerning issues of diversity and
democracy. Workshop activities will allow participants to safely explore thoughts,
responses and pre-programmed beliefs. Participants will work together in pairs,
teams and as a whole group to explore problems and construct alternative out-
Our workshop is designed and facilitated by Gillian Eaton and Mary Cooney, PhD
who have extensive experience with Flint and Detroit schools, The workshops are 1
1/2 hours in length and are designed for up to 30 individuals. They are an excellent
resource for diversity and sensitivity training for your business, community based
organization or school. This workshop will come to you at a mutually agreed upon
time. Cost is $300 with some limited funding available.
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