The Elegy Project will present its Chicago premiere of Elegy, Oct. 31 to Dec. 1, written by Ron Hirsen and directed by Dennis Zacek at the Richard Christiansen Theater at Victory Gardens Biograph, in Chicago.
Elegy, a family drama that weaves through time and location, from Kristallnacht in Berlin to contemporary New York, dramatizes the perpetual torment of Holocaust survivors, the anguish felt by their Jewish American children, and the conflict that occurs with the clash between the two generations.
Preview performances are Thursday, Oct. 31 at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 1 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 2 at 5 and 8:30 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 3 at 3 p.m. Opening/press night is Tuesday, Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. and will be followed by a reception. Tickets are available at victorygardens.org, elegyproject.org or (773) 871-3000.
The Nov. 12th performance is being sponsored by the Holocaust Community Services Program, a collaborative effort of Jewish Child & Family Services, CJE SeniorLife, and the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago. Proceeds from the Nov. 12 show will go directly to JUF's Holocaust Community Services program. Ticket prices are $75, $180, and $360.
Holocaust Community Services provides supportive services to aging Holocaust survivors living in the Metropolitan Chicago area, including in-home care, emergency financial assistance, group support, advocacy, and socialization to hundreds of survivors annually. Holocaust Community Services helps to ensure that survivors can prevent premature institutionalization, continuing to live independently and with dignity.
New York-based actor David Wohl was recently cast to play the role of "Helmut." Wohl replaces Greg Vinkler, who due to schedule conflicts is unable to perform in Elegy. Wohl was recently seen in Last Will by Robert Brustein and directed by Austin Pendleton at New York's Abingdon Theatre.
The play is running as a Holocaust and survivor awareness program this fall to coincide with the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht. More information is available at www.elegyproject.org. For information and tickets, visit www.victorygardens.org, www.elegyproject.org, or call (773) 871-3000.