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Swan Day Performance

Long Beach ’44, a new play by Sidra Rausch

Washington Women in Theatre Join International Celebration of Women Artists

On Saturday, March 29, 2008 at 5:00 p.m. Washington Women in Theatre presented a benefit reading of Long Beach ’44, a new play by Sidra Rausch. The reading took place at the 1409 Playbill Café at 1409 14th Street, N.W.  Long Beach ’44 is a memory play, set in the beach town of Long Beach, NY, the summer of '44. Actors included Matt Dunphy, Susan Lynskey, Steve Rosenthal, Mallory Goodman, and Catherine Baggs.

The play follows the adventures of 2 young Jewish cousins who discover a dangerous secret at the beach. Aided by their wounded G.I. uncle, back from the invasion of Normandy, they try to unravel the mystery while their uncle struggles to accept his new identity. This event was part of a new international celebration of women artists called SWAN Day (Support Women Artists Now Day). "Women artists are inspiring. They can touch our deepest emotions or take us on a journey to a distant place or time," said Martha Richards, the co-founder of SWAN Day. "This day of celebration will help people imagine what the world would be like if women’s art and perspectives were fully integrated into all of our lives. The long term goal of SWAN Day is to inspire communities to recognize and support women artists as a basic element of civic planning."

Karen Berman, Co-Artistic Director of Washington Women in Theatre and director of the reading of Long Beach ‘44 said that she was very proud to be participating in SWAN Day. "Washington Women in Theatre was founded to promote women artists and it is important that WWIT participate in the first annual SWAN Day," she said. "This day will give the public an opportunity to focus on the work of women artists and we are proud to present a new play written and directed by women to commemorate this new holiday.”

SWAN Day will be an annual event taking place on the last Saturday of Women’s History Month (March). The idea for SWAN Day grew out of a collaboration between Martha Richards of The Fund for Women Artists and Jan Lisa Huttner of Chicago's WITASWAN (Women in the Audiences Supporting Women Artists Now). For more information about SWAN Day events happening around the world, please click here.

Washington Women in Theatre at Source Festival 2008!

In June, WWIT performed How Much for This by Keith Bridges and directed by Karen Berman: 

How Much for This by Keith Bridges and directed by Karen Berman

A daughter fighting to find her own way, a father trying to hold his life together, or not.

WWIT also made a splash at the Capital Fringe Festival in July!

Washington Women in Theatre Goes to Georgia!

On October 28, we held a Guest Artist presentation of Long Beach '44 at Georgia College and State University. Playwright Sidra Rausch gave a Talkback after the show.  In November, Georgia College & State University held a Symposium on Holocaust Theatre:

Yours, Anne

Symposium on Holocaust Theatre: Staging Justice and Diversity in our Global World 2008

Presented by Georgia College & State University

Milledgeville, Georgia

Symposium Chair:

Professor Karen Berman, Artistic Director of Theatre Programs



All events free except for show tickets   .

Show Tickets $14 General/$10 Seniors/$6 Students

For performance tickets and reservations for free and paid events, call Tina Alvarez at (478) 445-4226.


The Theatre Program Presents

The Chamber Opera Yours, Anne

A Story of Hope About Anne Frank

November 19-22 8PM  and 23 2PM

Russell Auditorium


October 15 – December 15 Photo Exhibit

Bergen Belsen Photo Exhibit entitled Bergen-Belsen Revisited:  Photographic Memoir of Colonel Charles Curtis Mitchell in the Wooten-Garner House ArtFix Gallery in collaboration with the Department of Art.

October 22 Exhibit Opening Reception

6:30 p.m.

Opening Reception of the Bergen Belsen Photo Exhibit in the Wooten-Garner House with food and Dr. Schoenfeld, Holocaust Survivor, as Keynote provided by Georgia Commission on the Holocaust. Music by Lev Ryabinin provided by The Harriet Goldstein Greenhut Woman of Valour Chapter of Hadassah (Milledgeville) with an Introduction by Jane D. Leavey, Executive Director of the Breman Museum.

October 28 Play Reading

7 p.m.

Concert Reading of a WWII play in Russell Auditorium entitled Long Beach ‘44 by Sidra Rausch directed by Karen Berman about a Nazi U-Boat landing in New York with talkback afterward with the playwright. Russell Auditorium.

November 12 Lecture/Music Performance

12:30 p.m.

Lecture/Performance by Dr. Wendy Mullen: Terezin and Viktor Ullmann: Creation in the Midst of Chaos. Viktor Ullmann (1898-1944) was a successful composer, conductor and music critic who was imprisoned in the concentration camp of Terezin during WWII. The lecture will focus upon the unusual treatment of prisoners at Terezin and the works that Ullmann composed during his incarceration with Introduction by Dr. Bob Wilson. University Banquet Room.

November 17 Playwriting Workshop

10:00 and 11:00 a.m.

Israeli Playwright Motti Lerner will provide a Playwriting Workshop on Internationalizing Textual Themes in Playwriting. In Miller Gym 101 and Porter 228

November 19 Guest Speaker

12:30 p.m.

Faculty Brown Bag Lunch in Max Noah Recital Hall for GCSU with Sylvia Wygoda from the Georgia Commission on the Holocaust with Introduction by Dr. Ginger Carter Miller.

November 19 Opening Reception

6:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Yours, Anne Show OPENING Reception in the Library Atrium sponsored by the Dean’s Office of the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

November 19 Opening Performance and Guest Speaker

8 p.m.

Yours, Anne Show in Russell Auditorium Opening Night followed by Guest Speaker Sylvia Wygoda from the Georgia

Commission on the Holocaust with an introduction by Dr. Ginger Carter Miller.

November 20 Matinee Performance of Yours, Anne

10 a.m.

Yours, Anne Show Matinee in Russell Auditorium for 150 High Schoolers for “Lunch and Learn” with Holocaust Survivor Andre Kessler from The William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum to be followed by lunch at the Student Union and mural drawing with the Art Professor Valerie Aranda.

November 20 Guest Speaker

7 p.m.

Holocaust Survivor Tosia Schneider provided by the William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum will speak before the Show in Russell Auditorium.

November 20 Performance and Guest Speaker

8 p.m.

Yours, Anne Show followed by Guest Speakers Dr. Amy Ross on the Bosnian Crisis and Dr. Bill Risch on Holocaust Origins.

November 21 Performance and Panel Discussion

8 p.m.

Yours, Anne Show in Russell Auditorium followed by a panel on diversity and tolerance including student campus groups and the Director of Institutional Equity & Diversity Yves-Rose SaintDic followed by Reception after the show Provided by Dr. Harshbarger in the Library Atrium.

November 22 Performance and Panel Discussion

8 p.m.

Yours, Anne Show in Russell Auditorium followed by panel on diversity and tolerance including local church and synagogue representatives including Dr. Jay Hodges, Senior Pastor of the First United Methodist Church and Rabbi Rachel Bat-Or, Congregation Sha’arey Israel and Moderated by Karen Berman who will speak on the German theatrical perspective of playwright Irwin Sylvanus who wrote a Holocaust drama Dr. Korczak and the Children and including Dr. Ginger Carter Miller.

November 23 Performance and Panel Discussion

2 p.m.

Final Matinee of Yours, Anne Show in Russell Auditorium followed by a panel including the student actors in the show and the Director to talk about their own experiences with the show “In Their Own Words”.

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