As James Lapine's revival of The Diary Of Anne Frank plays on Broadway, another Holocaust-based theatre work arrives Off-Off Broadway at NYC's HERE space on 6th Ave. Gabrielle Lansner, who runs her own theatre/dance troupe, has adapted two fictitious short stories into an evening titled, Holocaust Stories, opening Dec. 17 for a run through Dec. 21.
Lansner and Rachel Wineberg direct the two parts of Holocaust Stories, comprising The Jewish Wife, based on Bertolt Brecht's play, and Magda, based on two stories by Cynthia Ozick. Musical underscoring comes from works by Chopin, Vivaldi, Zorn and Part. Lansner, Wineberg and Dee Pelletier star.
The Jewish Wife shows a woman forced to leave her home and her Aryan husband for the safety of Amsterdam. Magda tracs the lives of two women and their memories of the concentration camps. (Ozick herself adapted one of the stories, The Shawl, into a play for Jewish Repertory Theatre last season).
Gabrielle Lansner & Dancers have performed at PS 122, the Ethnic Folk Arts Center and the Cunningham Studio, though as an actress, Lansner has appeared at Milwaukee Rep and NYC's Tiny Mythic company.