The Center for Jewish Studies at Queens College presents the musical theater production “Sosúa: Dare to Dance Together.” There will be a post-performance question and answer session with Tony Award nominee Elizabeth Swados, original director/composer. The event will take place on Wednesday, April 6, 2011, at 7:15pm at LeFrak Concert Hall, Queens College (located at 65-30 Kissena Boulevard, Flushing, New York). The performance is free and open to the public.
“Sosúa: Dare to Dance Together” is a teen musical theater interpretation of the historical events of 1938, when a special kinship was formed between German-Jewish refugees from Nazi Germany and the residents of Sosúa. The play recounts the rarely told story of the Jews saved by the Dominican Republic at the beginning of WW II. It is based on the book Dominican Haven: The Jewish Refugee Settlement in Sosúa, by Marion Kaplan (New York University). [See more on the book in previous post Dominican Haven: The Jewish Refugee Settlement in Sosúa.]
“Sosúa: Dare to Dance Together” is directed by Matthew Gehring and produced by the YM & YWHA of Washington Heights and Inwood; concept and introduction by Victoria Neznansky.
This program has been made possible by the Ruth and Sidney Schindler Memorial Lecture, endowed by the Schindler and Stolar Families, Lillian Taynor and Family, and Arthur and Carole Anderman.
For more information, see http://www.ujafedny.org/uja-federation-news-2/view/musical-theater-connects-dominicans-and-jews/