Jane Kaczmarek and Susan Sullivan Cast in 75th Anniversary Production of Kindertransport
By Carey Purcell
Jane Kaczmarek will revisit the role she originated in Diane Samuels' Kindertransport at LA Theatre Works. The 75th anniversary production runs June 20-23 at James Bridges Theater.
Directed by Jeanie Hackett, Kaczmarek ("Malcom in the Middle") plays the role she created for the U.S premiere at the Manhattan Theatre Club and for which she won an Ovation Award in the L.A. premiere. The cast also features Susan Sullivan ("Dharma and Greg," "Castle"), Ovation Award winner Hugo Armstrong (Waiting for Godot), Shannon Lee Clair (The Crucible) and Angela Paton (Harvey).
This year marks the 75th anniversary of the "Kindertransport" (Children's Transport), the rescue operation that brought thousands of refugee Jewish children from Nazi Germany, Austria and Czechoslovakia to Great Britain between 1938 and 1940. Most of these children never saw their parents again.
"Inspired by true-life accounts from surviving 'Kinder,' Samuels' play tells the poignant fictional story of seven-year-old Eva Schlesinger who, in early 1939, was put aboard a train with other Jewish children and evacuated from Nazi Germany," press notes state. "Torn between her Jewish-German heritage and her desire to wipe the Kindertransport experience from her memory, Eva strives to become 'English' like the British woman who adopts her. The audience witnesses the kaleidoscope of emotions encountered by Eva at four different points in her life as she remains burdened by a painful past, her own fears, and the secrecy that threatens her relationship with her daughter."
All performances will be recorded live in front of an audience (without sets or costumes) to air on L.A. Theatre Works' syndicated radio theatre series, which broadcasts weekly on public radio stations nationwide and can be streamed on demand at latw.org.
Tickets and more information are available by calling (310) 827-0889 or visiting latw.org.
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