Holocaust Teacher/Author Presents Award-Winning Play at Denison
Posted: March 15, 2007
Henry Greenspan, a psychologist and playwright at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, has been writing and teaching about the Holocaust for almost three decades. Now, at the invitation of Denison Professor Donald Schilling, Greenspan will present "Remnants," a play based on his conversations with survivors, at 8 p.m. on Wednesday (March 21) in Burke Recital Hall. The presentation is free and open to the public and is presented under the sponsorship of the Denison University Honors Program's Visiting Scholar/Artist Program. It is also supported by a Mellon Foundation Dyad Grant,
"Remnants" is based on two decades of Greenspan's conversations with survivors of the Nazi extermination program. The piece was originally produced for radio and broadcast on NPR stations across the United States. As a stage play, Greenspan has performed "Remnants" as a one-man presentation at more than 100 venues throughout the U.S. and Canada, as well as in Britain, Israel, and the Czech Republic.
The piece has won more than a dozen awards including the Attic Theater Center of Los Angeles New Plays Festival, the Henrico National Competition, the New Hope Performing Arts Festival, and numerous public radio awards. Recent stage venues have included the John Houseman Theater in New York, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and the Magdeburg Barracks Theatre in the former Theresienstadt camp--a space that was used for performances during the Holocaust itself.
During his visit Greenspan will be meeting with faculty as well as with students in Professor Schilling's honors course, The Holocaust in History, to discuss his recently published book, co-authored with survivor Agi Rubin, "Reflections: Auschwitz, Memory, and a Life Recreated."
Greenspan earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from Harvard University and his doctorate from Brandeis University. In 2000, he was the annual Weinmann Lecturer at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. Currently, he is working with collaborators on a film that will present both a full performance of "Remnants" as well as background reflection about the development of the play and his 30 years of conversations with survivors more generally.
CALENDAR LISTING: Denison University, Granville -- Holocaust expert and playwright Henry Greenspan presents his award-winning play "Remnants"; 8 p.m., Wednesday (March 21), Burke Recital Hall. Free and open to the public. Contact 740-587-6588 to confirm information.
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