75th Anniversary of the British Kindertransport Program Rescue Mission to honor Kindertransport participants, including long-time Denver theatre producer Henry Lowenstein
Denver, CO – Theatre brings the community together to engage in discussion of powerful subject matter and the 2014 Neustadt JAAMM Fest is committed to doing just that. This year’s festival kicks off with Diane Samuels’ “Kindertransport,” in partnership with Theatre Or, Denver’s non-profit professional theatre company that produces plays with a Jewish perspective and universal appeal. The play will be presented Oct. 30 through Dec. 7 in the Pluss Theatre. Tickets go on sale August 26 at 9:00 a.m. and can be purchased by calling 303.316.6360 or visiting www.maccjcc.org/jaamm.
In response to the violence against Jews in Germany and Austria that began in 1938, the British government created the Kindertransport rescue mission to help Jewish children flee to England, leaving their families behind. Kindertransport became the inspiration for Diane Samuels’ play, “Kindertransport,” which she wrote in 1992 about a Kinderstransport child. Kindertransport participant Henry Lowenstein will be honored at an opening night gala with a special preview of the play on Oct. 22. Additionally, the four Kindertransport participants who currently reside in Denver will be honored on Nov. 9.
The Mizel Arts and Culture Center (MACC) is overjoyed to partner with the amazing Theatre Or in presenting this incredible play,” said Steve Wilson, Executive Artistic Director of MACC. “This is an exciting opportunity to honor Henry Lowenstein who was saved by the Kindertransport and has been a long time inspiration to my theatre work. Without the Kindertransport, the fertile creative ground in our state would likely be diminished. It’s personal for me, history with a direct connection to where I stand in the world.”
Producing Artistic Director at Theatre Or, Diane Gilboa, spoke with the four local Kindertransport participants and wanted to honor them with this production.
Their remarkable stories are reminders to all of us how fortunate we Americans are and why it’s important to cherish, protect and be forever grateful for our freedoms,” Gilboa said. “Most of our local ‘kinder’ were reunited with their parents after the war. Most children sent to England never saw their parents again.”
The MACC will host the all-encompassing and compelling 2014 Neustadt JAAMM Fest – Jewish Arts, Authors, Movies and Music Festival at the Loup Jewish Community Center (JCC) Oct. 22 through Nov. 9, including a special signature Israeli author event with Ari Shavit on Nov 19. The festival was renamed this year in honor of Kathy Neustadt and the Neustadt Family, who seeded an endowment for the future of the festival. Kathy is former president of the JCC and member of the renowned Neustadt family, founders of The Neustadt International Prize for Literature.
For more information about the 2014 JAAMM Fest, please visit http://maccjcc.org/jaamm.
About the MACC:
MACC “Illuminates the Human Experience” through creative and cultural programs in the performing, visual, cinematic and literary arts for the Jewish community and the Denver community at large. We strive to produce, present, exhibit, preserve and advance the arts, serving as a performance and exhibition venue, as well as an educational resource for people at every stage of life.
MACC is one of the Rocky Mountain region’s premier arts organizations. Located on the campus of the Robert E. Loup Jewish Community Center, MACC is a separate non-profit organization guided by a mission that is focused specifically on arts and cultural programs. MACC is proud to be a Tier II member of the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD), along with organizations such as the Colorado Symphony, Colorado Ballet and Central City Opera. For more, please visit www.maccjcc.org.
About the Loup JCC:
Celebrating its 92nd year in the Denver community, the Robert E. Loup Jewish Community Center is a vibrant and inclusive family and social gathering place that provides educational, cultural and recreational programs to serve and strengthen the community, guided by timeless Jewish values. For more, please visit www.jccdenver.org.
About Theatre Or:
*Or is the Hebrew word for light.
Theatre Or, a non-profit professional theatre company, produces plays with Jewish perspective and universal appeal, with a concentration in the development and production of American premieres of Israeli plays. For more, please visit www.theatreor.com.