Release date: October 9, 2007
One-woman show commemorates Holocaust, Kristallnacht
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KENNESAW, Ga.—Claudia Stevens' commanding one-woman musical drama, "An Evening with Madame F," will be performed at Kennesaw State on Sunday, Nov. 11 at 3 p.m. in Stillwell Theater.
The performance takes place in commemoration of Kristallnacht, "The Night of the Broken Glass," The presentation remembers Nov. 10, 1938, when at least 91 Jews were killed by Nazi rioters. "An Evening with Madame F" is a gripping display of musical theater, which is based on the autobiography of Fania Fenelon titled “Playing for Time.” Fenelon was an Auchwitz inmate forced to provide musical entertainment for the Nazis. Along with a group of other musician inmates, Fenelon performed show tunes and opera arias for concentration camp officials.
In her portrayal of Fenelon, Stevens communicates the terrible struggle and moral dilemma these musicians faced. Both of Stevens' parents were concentration camp survivors, who changed their identities completely when they moved to California following liberation. Stevens, who was raised as the Methodist daughter of British parents, only discovered in her sophomore year of college that she was Jewish and that her parents were survivors of Auschwitz.
The show's musical score includes songs actually performed at Auschwitz and Bergen Belsen, another concentration camp. Along with the harsh irony of upbeat show tunes and beautiful arias, the production also includes poignant songs of faith and opposition sung by the inmates. In the end, this play is about surviving cruel circumstances through artistic expression.
"An Evening With Madame F" has had more than 100 presentations in cities and college campuses nationwide, as well as production and broadcast by PBS Television. The Kennesaw State performance tickets are $20. For more information, please contact the KSU box office at 770-423-6650.
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