CENTRAL CONVERSATIONS:
BRUNDIBAR & BUT THE GIRAFFE!

All are invited to:
Post-Performance Conversations: open dialogue inspired by the the play.
Saturday Symposia: brief presentations by special guests followed by conversation.

Thursday, March 6, following 7:30 P.M. performance
Post-Performance Conversation
Special guest: Rabbi Liza Stern, Congregation Eitz Chayim, Cambridge, MA

Friday, March 7, following the 8:00 performance
Post Show Conversation
Special Guest: Ela Weissberger was 11 years old when she and her family boarded the train for Terezin. There, as a child, she played the Cat in Brundibar; now, as an adult, she generously devotes herself to keeping alive the history of Terezin. After the performance, she will speak about her experiences and answer questions.

Saturday, March 8, following the 3:00 P.M. performance
Post Show Conversation
Special Guest: Ela Weissberger was 11 years old when she and her family boarded the train for Terezin. There, as a child, she played the Cat in Brundibar; now, as an adult, she generously devotes herself to keeping alive the history of Terezin. After the performance, she will sing with the children in the cast and speak about her experiences and answer questions.

Saturday, March 8, following the 8:00 P.M. performance
Post Show Conversation
Special Guest: Ela Weissberger was 11 years old when she and her family boarded the train for Terezin. There, as a child, she played the Cat in Brundibar; now, as an adult, she generously devotes herself to keeping alive the history of Terezin. After the performance, she will speak about her experiences and answer questions.

Saturday, March 8, 7:00 p.m., before 8:00 P.M. performance
Saturday Symposium: “Talking to Children About Social Injustice”
As Tony Kushner wrote, considering how to approach his adaptation of Brundibar and the creation of But The Giraffe, "In a pitiless world, how is one to speak to the young? How much is one to tell a child of the injustices and dangers he or she will confront, perhaps have to confront, long before adulthood?"
Special guests: Acclaimed authors of books for children and young adults, Gregory Maguire (Wicked) and Kathryn Lasky (Guardians of Ga’hoole).

Monday, March 10, following 7:30 P.M. performance
Opening Reception
Congratulate the cast at a complimentary post-show reception!

Thursday, March 13th, following 7:30 P.M. performance
Scholar Social - Post-Performance Conversation
Special guests: Barbara Grossman, Professor of Drama, Tufts University Jeremy Nesoff, Associate Director of the Leadership Academy at Facing History and Ourselves

Saturday, March 15, 7:00 p.m., before 8 P.M. performance
Saturday Symposium: “Creative Resistance Around The World”
Brundibar is a testament to the creative power of human beings, even in dark times, to turn ugliness into beauty – and it is just one example among many inspiring stories. Join us for a discussion of other notable instances of remarkable music emerging as a defiant response to horrific oppression.
Special guest: George E. Oliver, Musical Director, Union Baptist Church, Cambridge and Kera Washington, ethnomusicologist and founder of Zili Misik, an all female ensemble that retraces routes of cultural resistance through diasporic rhythm and song.

Sunday, March 16, following 2:00 P.M. performance
Post-show Conversation
Special guest: Carole Charnow, President and CEO, Boston Children's Museum

Special Event!
March 16, 7 pm
A Happy End, by Iddo Netanyahu
Staged Reading, Directed by Daniel Gidron
Special Guest: Avital Manor Peleg, Cultural Attache, Consulate General of Israel to New England
Berlin 1932, days after the elections which will soon bring Hitler to power. Mark Erdmann is an acclaimed Jewish physicist, the head of the atomic lab at the University of Berlin. His wife Leah, an avid consumer of the city's rich cultural life, is involved in an extramarital affair. The signs of impending danger are increasing, but the power of self-delusion cannot be easily overcome as the Jewish couple ponders whether to seek an unknown future outside Germany or to stay put and succumb to a fate known to us in hindsight. Reading will be followed with conversation.

Wednesday, March 19, following 7:30 p.m. performance
Post-show Conversation
Special guest: Mark Ludwig, Executive Director, Terezin Music Foundation

Thursday, March 20, following 7:30 P.M. performance
Artists and Audiences
Join the cast and director in a post-performance talkback!
Special Guests: Cast and director of Brundibar and But the Giraffe!

Saturday, March 22, after 3 pm performance
Post-Show Conversation
Special Guest: Edgar Krasa, distinguished Holocaust educator and survivor of Terezin, who has been for years speaking “...about music as an instrument of resistance and defian

Saturday, March 22, 7:00 p.m., before 8:00 P.M. performance
Saturday Symposium: “The Unique Story of Terezin”
The Terezin concentration camp - a place of horror - was nevertheless the site of the powerful and transformative artistic creation.
Special guests: Barbara Grossman, Professor of Drama, Tufts University - specializing in musical theater and theater related to the Holocaust

Thursday, March 27, following 7:30 p.m. performance
Post-performance Conversation
Special guest: Cynthia Cohen, Director, Peacebuilding and the Arts at Brandeis University

Friday, March 28, following 8:00 P.M. performance
Post-performance Conversation
Special guest: Timothy Patrick McCarthy, Director of the Sexuality, Gender, and Human Rights Program, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Harvard Kennedy School

Saturday, March 29, 7:00 p.m., before 8:00 P.M. performance
Saturday Symposim: “Creating Upstanders”
Brundibar is the story of collective resistance to tyranny, a familiar tale of how a group of people can come together to defeat a bully. Kushner wrote, “Brundibár offers inspiration to action, and exhortation. Be brave, and you can make bullies behave! Rely on friends! Make common cause, build communities, organize and resist! And tyrants of all kinds, in every generation, can be and must be made to fall.” What makes people, adults and children alike, behave courageously and stand up for what is right? What does it take to nurture and encourage “upstanders” – in our schools, workplaces, and government?
Special guest: Doc Miller, Facing History and Ourselves, Teacher and Senior Associate for Professional Development

Saturday, March 29, following 3 p.m. performance
Special guests: Jaronzie Harris from Cambridge’s Community Art Center and Brundibar youth ensemble.
Join the youth ensemble cast to discuss their experiences performing in Brundibar

Saturday, April 5, 8:00 p.m., before 8:00 P.M. performance
Saturday Symposium: “Combating Despair through Art-Making”
The story of Terezin includes countless examples of individuals who continued to live with creativity and hope, even in the most horrifying circumstances - like Friedl Dicker-Brandeis, a remarkable artist and arts educator who worked with and inspired the young people at Terezin. How do we, like Dicker-Brandeis, resist hopelessness in an obviously unjust and terrifying world? How do we authentically meet the reality of our dark history and present, while remaining resilient, joyful, and creative?
Special guest: Steve Seidel, Director of the Arts in Education Program at Harvard Graduate School of Education; Gannit Ankori, Professor of Fine Arts and Chair in Israeli Art, Brandeis University; and Gannit Ankori, Professor of Fine Arts, Chair of the School of Creative Arts, and Chair in Israeli Art, Brandeis University.