Batavia High School Presents Letters To Sala

Batavia High School Presents Letters To Sala

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​Batavia High School presents Letters to Sala on April 19th, 20th and 21st at 7:30 pm, and a matinee on Saturday April 21st 2:00pm performed in the Black Box at the Batavia Fine Arts Centre. Tickets will be on sale soon at click for details and at the box office by calling 630-937-8930. General Admission Ticket prices will be $12 online and $14 by phone and at the box office.

Adapted from the book Sala’s Gift by Ann Kirschner and based on a true account, Letters to Sala is a remarkable story of a young girl's survival during wartime Germany. Five years. Seven Nazi labor camps. Over 350 hidden letters. Sala Garncarz Kirschner kept her secret for over fifty years, concealing her incredibly painful history in a Spill and Spell box. Everything changes when Sala reveals the cache to her grown daughter, Ann. Letters to Sala draws from the emotional journeys that begin for both Ann and Sala when the letters resurface. Through scholarly research, Ann discovers that her mother has made a historically significant impact on Holocaust documentation. As Ann processes her own reaction to her mother's story, her daughters, Caroline and Elisabeth, also realize for the first time the weight of their Jewish heritage. Simultaneously, Ann's study of the letters throws Sala into the past again. She relives her youth, recalling her naïve desire for adventure, the disillusionment of her life in the work camps, and her loss of communication with the outside world as the war progressed around her. Playwright Arlene Hutton drives the two stories to a single question: What is to be done with these letters? If Sala risked her life to hold onto them as a young woman imprisoned in a work camp, are they merely the emotionally rich relics of her past life? Or are they worthy and important historical documents that demand to be shared with the public? Three generations of Kirschner women must work together to sift through the past and come to terms with the true gravity of Sala's letters. Sala's letters, which were displayed in a special exhibition at the New York Public Library in 2006, are an important addition to Holocaust research, called, as one journalist noted, "the greatest find since Anne Frank's diary."

Tags: Arts And Entertainment, Batavia, Letters To Sala




Event Details

Date: April 19, 2018
Time: 7:30pm - 10:00pm

This event also occurs on 04/20/2018, 04/21/2018

Location:
Batavia Fine Arts Centre
1399 West Wilson Street
Batavia, Illinois 60510

website

Contact:
Kate Chahmirzadi
630.336.2502
katechah@gmail.com


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