J’s Cultural Arts Theatre (JCAT) is proud to present Diane Samuels’
KINDERTRANSPORT, as the inaugural production of JCAT’s 11th season at the Michael-Ann Russell JCC in North Miami Beach, Florida. Running from October 18 – November 5, KINDERTRANSPORT is directed by JCAT’sArtistic Director, Michael Andron. Set Design is by Violet Battat, Lighting Design by Zachary Pitchman & Costume Design by Carole Barou-Mootoo. Sound Design & Original Music is byDaveed Ben-Arie. Brian Goldberg stage manages.
Between 1938 & the outbreak of WWII, almost 10,000 children, most of them Jewish, were sent by their parents from Germany to Britain, including 9-year old Eva. When her parents fail to escape, she changes her name & begins the process of denying her roots. It is only when her own daughter discovers some old letters in the attic, that Eva is forced to confront the truth.Though fictitious, it is based upon many real Kindertransport stories. KINDERTRANSPORT is widely used in teaching about the Holocaust.
Featured in KINDERTRANSPORT are Lillian Andron, Dante DiGiacomo, Linda Drozdow, Evan Eiglarsh, Carla Zackson Heller, Penny Landau, Peggy Linker, Zoe Reed, Jordan Singer, Talia Stauber & Andrea Terrasa.
DIANE SAMUELS (Playwright) was born into a Jewish family in Liverpool & studied history at Sidney Sussex College at the University of Cambridge & studied drama at Goldsmiths, University of London. She worked as a drama teacher in inner London secondary schools for five years & as an education officer at the Unicorn Theatre for children. Samuels has been a full-time writer since 1992 & her works include Kindertransport (1993)
, Frankie’s Monster – an adaptation of Vivien Alcock’s The Monster Garden, The True Life Fiction of Mata Hari (2001) & Three Sisters on Hope Street, co-written with Tracy-Ann Oberman. With singer-songwriter Gwyneth Herbert, she wrote the musical, The A-Z of Mrs P, which tells the story of Phyllis Pearsall‘s creation of theLondon A to Z street atlas.
MICHAEL ANDRON (Director) Michael is the Founding Artistic Director of JCAT. A true renaissance man, Michael is an ordained Mohel, a Tai Chi Grand Master & 7th Degree Black Belt, yoga adept & a researcher/practitioner in holistic medicine, as well as a theatre practitioner for the past 45 years. Prior to his founding JCAT, Michael ran the Hillel Community Theatre at the Samuel Scheck Hillel Community Day School (1988-2007), serving as Artistic Director for over 50 productions in 20 years. He is director of Kodesh Center, a non-profit foundation for personal growth, Body-Mind-Energy Development & Jewish Mindfulness Training. He is co-author – with his son Ben – of The Essential Guide to Energy Healing from Penguin/Alpha Books, which is available at all book outlets & as an eBook. He appeared in the long running, off-Broadway production of The Fantasticks.
J’s CULTURAL ARTS THEATRE (JCAT) (Producer) is celebrating its 11th season & has a reputation as a top-notch Youth & Community theatre. JCAT is also home to JCAT-Pro, an Equity professional company, which received a Carbonell Recommendation for its first World Premiere production, Broken Snow, written by Ben Andron. Artistic Directors, Michael & Lillian Andron, received the South Florida Theatre League’s REMY Award for outstanding contribution to Community Theatre. JCAT, the J’s Cultural Arts Theatre, is located at the Michael-Ann Russell JCC in North Miami Beach.
DATES: Wednesday, October 18 – Sunday, November 5, 2017
Wednesday, Thursday & Sunday @ 7pm,
Saturday @ 9pm & Sunday Matinee @ 2pm
LOCATION: JCAT Space @ the Michael-Ann Russell JCC
18900 NE 25th Avenue, North Miami Beach, FL
(mature themes & language – PG 13
TICKETS: Advance: $25 ~ $15 (seniors/full-time students)
At the Door: $30 ~ $18 (seniors/full-time students)