Community Sabbath Dinner
Friday, March 6, 2020 7:15 PM
Irena Gut: Only a Girl, created and performed by Janet Rodgers
Following 6:00 p.m. worship service, join The Women’s Auxiliary of Congregation Emanu-El for Shabbat Dinner for this special performance. This 50- minute solo performance in poetry and prose, was created by Janet Rodgers and is based on the autobiography of Irena Gut Opdyke titled In My Hands. Moving between narration (prose) and poetic form, this epic performance poem tells the true story of Irena Gut, a young, Catholic Polish girl who saved the lives of twelve young Jewish professionals from extermination by the Nazis during WW II. Then, at the end of the war when Poland was taken over by the Soviets, these 12 Jewish men and women, saved her. It is a story of love, compassion, courage and human respect.
We start with dinner in I.M. Wise Hall with the performance to follow after in Greenwald Hall.
Please RSVP by March 2nd, 2020.
About Ms. Rodgers
Janet Rodgers is a world-traveled writer, theatre artist, Fulbright Scholar, teacher and actress. She has taught theatre at the Boston Conservatory, The American Center for the Performing Arts, and most recently she retired as Professor Emerita from Virginia Commonwealth University. During the 1970’s and early 1980’s she was a classical actress with the Boston Shakespeare Company where she played many leading roles and at Boston’s Lyric Stage where she won ‘Best Actress’ for her role as Hilde Wangel in Ibsen’s The Master Builder.
Ms. Rodgers received her BA in Theatre Arts and Speech from Mount Holyoke College, her MFA in Theatre Arts from Brandeis University and did further study at The American Center for the Performing Arts, Harvard’s American Repertory Theatre and London’s National Theatre. She was a Fulbright Scholar to Romania, and has worked extensively with the DAH Theatre of Belgrade, Serbia.
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