Women, Theater, and the Holocaust: Dramatic Readings and the Launch of the New Edition of our Resource Handbook

We’re pleased to announce that the new interactive fifth edition of our Women, Theater, and the Holocaust resource handbook is now available.

Authored by Dr. Rochelle G. Saidel, Samantha McLaughlin, and Karen Shulman, the 188-page ebook is intended for teachers, students, and everyone who wants to learn more about the subject. The handbook has bibliographies of plays about women and the Holocaust, plays about the Holocaust written by women, and relevant books. There are nine personal essays by playwrights and scholars who share their thoughts and experiences about using theater to teach about women and the Holocaust, as well as a sample lesson plan. Links, videos, and QR codes allow readers to delve further into the subject and the various plays.

The new Women, Theater, and the Holocaust Resource Handbook was launched at a sold-out event held at the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan on April 20, in partnership with the JCC and featuring readings from four plays. The program of dramatic readings included two premieres that introduced the audience to historical women who should be better known: Little Louis by Michael angel Johnson is about Josephine Baker, an American performer who was part of the French Resistance, and her friend, jazz trumpeter Valaida Snow. The short play was directed by Adrienne D Williams and performed by April Armstrong and Justine J Hall. The Match by Cynthia L. Cooper, directed by Tasha Gordon-Solmon, was performed by Steph Van Vlack and Nadia Diamond and tells the story of German-Jewish author Anna Seghers, whose books were burned in Berlin in 1933.

In addition, excerpts from Laura Ferri’s The Ruins of Memory: Women’s Voices of the Holocaust, directed by Dr. Meghan Brodie, featured Dr. Brodie’s Ursinus College theater students, Sophia Bush, Evan Chartock, Kate Isabel Foley, Abbie Painter, Zara Tabackin, and Annie Zulick. And The Last Dinosaur, a monologue written and directed by Eleanor Reissa, was performed by Robert Zukerman. A talkback with the playwrights followed.

To watch the live performances from April 20, use video player below or click here.


To view photos from April 20, please use gallery below. Photos by Jeff French Segall.

Dr. Rochelle G. Saidel

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Dr. Rochelle G. Saidel, Founding Executive Director of the Remember the Women Institute.

To view the event program from April 20, please click here.

To learn more about how the fifth edition is different, please view slides here.

Remember the Women Institute is grateful to Dr. Meghan Brodie, Cynthia L. Cooper, Rachel Kunstadt and the entire team at the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan, our other partners, National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene and National Jewish Theater Foundation, all of our playwrights, directors, and actors, Actors’ Equity, Patti Askwith Kenner and Indian Trail Charitable Foundation, The Five Millers Family Foundation, and others for making this handbook and theatrical event possible. Thank you also to our event photographer, Jeff F. Segall, who we credit for the above images. And we thank our first live audience since 2019. For those of you who could not attend, a video will be available on our website shortly.