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The Detroit Jewish News, 2005-03-03

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unfolds slowly because the mothers
and fathers are trying to let their
children have a childhood."
While Schloss and her mother,
Fritzi Geiringer, survived the Nazi
butchery, her father and brother
were killed. Eventually, Mrs.
Geiringer married Otto Frank, mak-
ing Schloss "Anne Frank's posthu-
mous sister."
"The play is a tribute to those
people who protected their children,
who took risks, not only for their
own families, but to hide others,"
Sheridan said.
And Then They Came For Me has
been performed all over the world
since its 1996 premiere in
Indianapolis. The German transla-
tion in use today is by Oakland
University foreign language depart-
ment chair Barbara Mabee.

In Collaboration

In 2003, Oakland University sev-
ered all fiscal relationship with
Meadow Brook Theatre, which is
located on the university's Rochester
Hills-Auburn Hills campus.
However, since that time, the theater
and the university have come togeth-
er frequently in the spirit of artistic
and intellectual cooperation.
"We like to have the experience for
the students," Sheridan said. "The
collaborative productions give them
a chance to work with professional
actors, and they also generate more

And Then They Came for Me:
Remembering the World of Anne
Frank will be performed in previews
8 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, March
16-18 (all tickets $20); and 8 p.m.
Wednesdays-Saturdays, 6:30 p.m.
Sundays, with 2 p.m. matinees
Saturdays and Sundays, March 19-
April 10 (tickets range from $26-
$36). Group and student rates are
available. Visit www.mbtheatre.com
or call (248) 377-3300 for tickets
and information.

enthusiasm for the plays them-.
As Sheridan, who teaches drama
students at Oakland University,
directs the all-professional cast of
And Then They Came For Me, David
Regal, Meadow Brook's artistic direc-
tor, will begin rehearsals for a related
production to take place at the uni-
versity's Varner Studio Theatre. This
show, The White Rose, concerns a
student-led movement that resisted
the Nazis using pamphlets and
leaflets. Although its founders and
other members were executed, the
While Rose endures to this day as a
symbol of German resistance to evil.
Written in 1992 by Lillian
Garrett-Gloag, the play will use a
cast of students from the university's
Department of Music, Theater and
Dance, augmented by two Equity
Along with the two theatrical pro-
ductions, Oakland University is
sponsoring three lectures on the
Holocaust and a performance of
songs and stories from the era, in
Yiddish, Ladino, Hebrew and
Before their involvement in The
White Rose, the student actors were
certainly aware of the Holocaust,
Sheridan said, "but not in any great
"Then, in their research for the
play, they realized they are playing
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Oakland University sponsors Holocaust concert, lectures.

• "Songs Remembered: Robyn
Helzner in Concert": A frequent per-
former at the U.S. Holocaust
Museum in Washington, D.C.,
Robyn Helzner performs Holocaust-
related songs in Yiddish, Ladino,
Hebrew and English, along with nar-
ratives that celebrate life and serve as a
living tribute to those voices lost in
the Holocaust. 7:30 p.m. Thursday,
March 31, at Varner Recital Hall.
Ticket information: (248) 370-3013

• "Listening for the Silences:
Reflections on Testimonies by
Holocaust Survivors": Lecture and
video segments by Sidney M.
Bolkosky, professor of history,
University of Michigan-Dearborn;
founder and director of the
"Voice/Vision" Holocaust Oral
History Archives at the University of
Michigan-Dearborn. Noon-1 p.m.
Friday, March 18, in Gold Room A,
Oakland Center.

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• "Checkered Past: The Holocaust,
Resistance and the Problem of
Memory in Munich": Lecture by
Derek Hastings, assistant professor,
department of history, Oakland
University. Noon-1 p.m. Friday, April
8, in Gold Room C, Oakland Center.

There is no charge for admission to
the lectures, but reservations are
requested. Please call (248) 370-2650
or e-mail dykstra@oaldand.edu .

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• "Altruism in the Service of Art
and Literature": Lecture by Guy Stern,
professor emeritus (German), Wayne
State University, Detroit, director of
the International Institute of the
Righteous, Holocaust Memorial
Center, Farmington Hills. Noon-1
p.m. Wednesday, March 23, at
Meadow Brook Art Gallery.

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Related Activities





In its 10th season presenting an Anne Frank-related project for
schools, Jewish Ensemble Theatre presents student matinees of The
Diary of Anne Frank, the Broadway play by Francis Goodrich and
Albert Hackett adapted by Wendy Kesselman and directed by JET
Artistic Director Evelyn Orbach, Mondays-Fridays, March 7-18, at
the Detroit Institute of Arts.
A 15 minute talkback with the actors and students, facilitated by
Education Outreach Coordinator, Mary Davis, follows each per-
formance. All tickets are $7.
For more information and to book for student groups, call (248)
788-2900 or e-mail
outreach@jettheatre.org . Individual tickets are available at the door.
There will be a public performance of the play 12:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 13, also at the DIA. Tickets are $7 for children and
$12 for adults. ❑

The White Rose by Lillian Garrett-
Groag will be performed 8 p.m.
Thursdays-Saturdays and 2 p.m.
Sundays, March 31-April 10, at
Varner Studio Theatre, Oakland
University. Additional performances
take place 7 p.m. Sunday, April 3;
and 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. Wednesday
and Thursday, April 6-7. Ticket
prices: $15 general admission; $8
students; all tickets to 10 a.m. per-
formances are $6. Call (248) 370-
3013 for tickets and information.



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