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Witness Theater

Tuesday, July 14, 2020 @ 7PM


Join us for a look behind the scenes of Witness Theater, a unique intergenerational drama therapy program that connects a small group of teenagers with survivors of the Holocaust. Together they explore issues of discrimination, war, loss, trauma, and the power of human resilience. The program culminates in a live performance memorializing the survivors’ stories and celebrating the bonds formed within the group. Due to the Covid-19 health crisis, this year’s performance was suspended, but the group persisted, continued to meet virtually, and created a video adaptation to share with the public in lieu of the play. Hear from participants directly as they share some of the experience behind the final performance, and the journey they took together and sustained, despite the current circumstances.

Facilitated by Jessica Asch, MA, LCAT, RDT Drama Therapist, Facilitator & Theater Director.

Witness Theater was conceived by Irit and Ezra Dagan and developed by JDC-Eshel in Israel. It was brought to New York in 2012 by Selfhelp Community Services, Inc. and is a collaboration between Selfhelp and UJA-Federation of New York. This program is made possible by federal funds from a grant through The JFNA Center for Advancing Holocaust Survivor Care. Approximately 47% of the project, or $78,333, comes from federal sources. Approximately 53% or $88,334 comes from non-federal sources.

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