From Auschwitz to Cincinnati: The Surviving Tunes

Presented by Cincinnati Playwrights Initiative

 

From Auschwitz to Cincinnati: The Surviving Tunes

Presented by Cincinnati Playwrights Initiative

CPI continues making History!  Its second performance ever at the Aronoff's Jarson-Kaplan:

Violinist and Holocaust Survivor, Henry Meyer, remembered in a play

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Tuesday, April 26, 2011, at 7:30 PM

Aronoff Center - Jarson-Kaplan Theater

From Auschwitz to Cincinnati: The Surviving Tunes

Written by Kalman Kivkovich

Directed by Ed Cohen

The Cincinnati Playwrights Initiative (CPI New Voices) is presenting a new play by Kalman Kivkovich and directed by Ed Cohen on the life of Henry Meyer, the late Holocaust survivor, phenomenal violinist and founding member of the world renowned LaSalle Quartet that for decades had found its home at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM).  Get a glimpse into one of the deepest and darkest pits of human history—recent history. Seize the enormous desire to survive against all odds. Witness a success story of one very lucky man.  “I am a winner,” he often said, “with me, all their effort failed.”

Tuesday, April 26, 2011,  7:30 PM

From Auschwitz to Cincinnati: The Surviving Tunes

Written by Kalman Kivkovich and Directed by Ed Cohen

Aronoff Center for the Arts, Jarson-Kaplan Theater
650 Walnut St.  Cincinnati, OH 45202
Tickets are only $7 ($4 students)
 
Ticket Office:  Phone: (513) 621-2787  online:   http://www.cincinnatiarts.org/index.jsp?eventDetail=1&event_id=1147
Note: To purchase student tickets call (513) 621-2787

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CAST:

 

HENRY MEYER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Bill Hartnett

JOVANA [Reporter]. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tara Williams

YOUNG HENRY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mitchell Polansky 

FRITZ [Henry’s Brother] . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Brody McKinnon

MALE CHARACTERS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Bob Allen

                Gestapo, Host. SS, Mengele, Victims, Doctor

MALE CHARACTERS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Dan Cohen

Victims, Gestapo, SS, Prisoners, Mark

FEMALE CHARACTERS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Jen Dalton

                Grandmother, Woman

VIOLIN SOLOIST . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Benjamin Hoffman

VIOLIN SOLOIST . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tatiana Berman

RADIO ANNOUNCER [Voiceover]. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Naomi Lewin

VIRGINIA [Friend, Voiceover]. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Tom Manning

PAUL [Friend , Voiceover]. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Barbara Manning

 

About the Playwright – Kalman Kivkovich

 

Kalman is a retired architect, artist, author and playwright. Born in Kazakhstan in 1945, Kalman lived in Poland, Israel, Italy, and—since 1973, in the U.S. His first nonfiction work was published in Italy in 1975. His first novel, In the Vise of Evils, will be published early 2011. To date, CPI has selected seven of his plays for staged readings. The first, In the Vise of Evils, based on his novel, was awarded an unprecedented two performances (2007) and set CPI’s highest attendance record.  Embers from the Ashes: A Girl's Holocaust Diary, his second play, received a public staged reading in May 2008. Other CPI credits: Apartment for Rent, Hell on I-75, Cicadas on Us, and A Stop in Paris.   Kalman was elected President of CPI in May 2010.  He is now working on another new play “al-Dura: Truth and Deception,” about a tragic incident in the Middle East. Kalman and his wife, Sandi, reside in Cincinnati, Ohio.

 

For more information about the play contact the playwright, Kalman Kivkovich, 513-861-0004  or kivi1@cinci.rr.com

or visit the websites:  http://www.kalmankivkovich.com/ and http://www.holocaust-author.com/index.php

 

About the Director – Ed Cohen

 

Ed, a director, actor and producer, has a long list of notable directorial credits: Recent Tragic Events for CCM Drama and Breaking the Code at NKU, Road, Jake’s Women, Of Mice and Men, A Murder of Crows, Never the Sinner, Shining City, Death of a Salesman, Bad Seed, The Sunshine Boys, Middle of the Night, Pride’s Crossing, The Importance of Being Earnest and Rumors.  Ed directed Israel Horovitz’ Lebensraum and Lanford Wilson’s Sympathetic Magic as a season for The IF Theatre Collective in 2002-03, as well as the U.S. premiere of Horovitz’ The Hotel Plays  (co-directed with Dan Doerger) for the 2008 Cincinnati Fringe Festival.  Ed and his wife Dee Anne Bryll have collaborated on many productions, including Big River (Carnegie), Falsettos (CCM), Annie Get Your Gun, Singin’ in the Rain (Covedale), a rare staging of Windy City, Anything Goes, Evita, Assassins, Ragtime, and Parade.  They are currently co-artistic directors of The IF Theatre Collective, a company devoted to the presentation of new and seldom performed works by significant playwrights, and are founding board members of The Madisonville Arts Center, a cooperative venue for regional theatre, art, music, and dance.  Both received the 2003 Art Rouse Award from ACT Cincinnati, are members of the Cincinnati MacDowell Society, are original members of the Cincinnati Enquirer’s Acclaim Panel, and have been recognized with multiple nominations and awards from Citybeat’s Cincinnati Entertainment Awards.

Venue

Aronoff Center, Jarson-Kaplan Theater
650 Walnut St.
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Downtown Neighborhood
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Tickets

$7, $4 students
513-621-2787


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