CenterStage Theatre


A New Play by Wendy Kout

Inspired by the Lives and Words of Ten Holocaust Survivors

Crafted from the actual testimonies of Rochester-based Holocaust Survivors, CenterStage Theatre and the Louis S. Wolk Jewish Community Center of Greater Rochester commissioned this new play to put a human face on this important time in history. A cautionary tale on the risks of normalized hate, this inspirational and uplifting play ensures that the voices of our Survivors will never be silenced.

Survivors weaves the shocking and inspirational stories of Eva Abrams, Erich Arndt, Arthur Herz, Ellen Lewinsky, Rosemarie Molser, Henry Silberstern, Helen Przysuskier, Evie Schuerman, Kurt Weinbach and Carl Voldman.


BOOK NOW for the 19/20 school year!
There are two ways to share Survivors with your students: 

  1. Book group tickets to a weekday matinee performance at JCC Hart Theater. $10/ticket + free teacher tickets. May 11 through 15 at 10am – ask about additional dates/times!

  2. Bring the show to you! Survivors on tour to your school is $2,500 for up to 400 students. All you need is an auditorium, cafetorium, or gym!

All performances include a study guide and optional talk-back discussion.
*Financial aid is available to schools with expressed need* 

Contact: E-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Tour Manager or call 461-2000 x243.
Office Hours are M 1-5pm and W/F 9-4pm.

What Audiences are Saying… 

“Your performance inspired me to try to make the world a much happier and safer place.”
Kirra K, Student, Victor Junior High 

“Telling these stories is essential to keep us from repeating tragedies. This had great impact.”
Terry Fonda Smith, Head of Lower School, Harley School 

“From the first moment I saw the actor speak my husband’s story, I was so gratified that the playwright was able to capture his spirit and values.”
Sheila Gissin Weinbach, Widow of Kurt Weinbach, Survivor 

“The actors did a tremendous job…the play was powerful, meaningful and very educational.  It humanizes and personalizes the tragedy of the Holocaust.”
Michael Dobkowski, Department of Religious Studies, Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Click here for a video preview of SURVIVORS.