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Our Class: A Play Reading

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Q&A session with award-winning writer Tadeusz Słobodzianek will follow the play reading.

Co-presented by the Polish Cultural Institute New York.

Following rave reviews at London’s National Theatre and great recognition in Israel and Europe, Our Class comes to The Temple Emanu-El Skirball Center for a one-night-only staged reading featuring a stellar cast including Ellen Burstyn, Alvin Epstein and Kathleen Turner. Making its New York City premiere during the week of Holocaust Remembrance Day, this award-winning play unveils the truth behind a massacre of Jews in Jedwabne, Poland, in 1941.

Set in a Polish classroom made up of both Jewish and Christian students, the play exposes the effects of war, betrayal, cruelty and repression. Winner of Poland’s top literary prize, the staged reading is directed by Drama League Award-nominated Cosmin Chivu.

Optional Free Pre-Show Lecture, 5:30 PM:

To contextualize the play and guide the audience through the history of Jedwabne, a pre-show seminar will be conducted by Dr. Irena Grudzinska-Gross, Princeton University professor and celebrated scholar of Jewish studies specializing in war, violence and nation-state ideologies in East-Central Europe in 20th century.

 

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A reciepient of the distinguished Lifetime Achievement OBIE Award. Known for Beauty and the BeastSynecdoche, New York and Everybody Rides the Carousel.
ellen-burstyn
A multi-Award winner (including an Academy Award for Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore) and an inductee into the American Theatre Hall of Fame. Her career includes such classics as The ExorcistThe Last Picture Show, and more recenty: Interstellar.
brian-murray
Drama Desk Award winner & Tony nominee. Brian has played many unforgettable roles in film, television and on Broadway.
john-pankow
A veteran actor of stage, film and television. Mostly known for his roles on the hit series Mad About You and Episodes.
austin-pendleton
Actor and director with over 100 titles, including Finding Nemo, A Beautiful Mind and My Cousin Vinnie. Austin was nominated for a Tony Award for directing Little Foxes, on Broadway.

Profits will be donated to the UJA’s Community Initiative for Holocaust Survivors, which provides funds for agencies supporting survivors, including the significant portion living in poverty. 

 

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