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Theatre Star Maia Morgenstern plays “Janka” in London
Thu 16 March 2017, 19:00 – 22:00 GMT
Don’t miss the one-off performance of Oscar Speace’s ”Janka”, a one-woman show by one of Romania’s most beloved actresses, Maia Morgenstern, an intimate portrayal of one woman’s will to survive the Holocaust, “a story of adversity, resilience and of the human spirit” (Donald Munro) . The show, a Jewish Theatre of Bucharest production, is a demonstration of force and skill from one of the most accomplished actresses working in theatre and cinema today.
The play tells the sad and fascinating story of Janka Festinger, a Jew born in the Romanian town of Sighet, who survived the horrors of Auschwitz, being one of the only three members of an extended family of 66 who survived the Nazi death camps. Liberated in 1945, Janka arrived in Germany and soon became reconnected to her only close living relative, her uncle Morris Festinger, who had emigrated in Canada before the war. “Janka” is based on the 60 pages frank and poignant letter sent to her uncle describing the horrors she had lived through.
By Oscar Speace
Translated by: Ioan J. Popescu
With: Maia Morgenstern
Directed by: Toma Enache
“This is a testimonial, a moving life document, an act of respect for the drama of millions of people, a very important act of restoration and a cry from another world to us here and our fading memory” – Maia Morgenstern
The play is presented on our newly inaugurated stage and is part of the Romanian programme at the 2017 edition of the London International Book Fair dedicated to Romanian-Jewish author Benjamin Fondane, who, after a brilliant international career has tragically found his death in the Auschwitz crematoria.