Posts Tagged With: theatre in Harlem

Harlem Students Learn About the Holocaust Through Theater


By Ben Fractenberg
DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

The students will attend a play about the Kindertransports, which rescued Jewish children before WWII.

More than 650 Harlem students will attend a play this week about a young Jewish girl’s escape from Nazi Germany before the outbreak of World War II.

The students will be in the audience for Thursday’s performance of the play “My Heart In a Suitcase” at the Schomburg Center at 515 Malcolm X Blvd.

The drama, based on a true story, follows the life of a 12-year-old girl, Anne Lehmann, who left her family in 1938 aboard a ship bringing children to England during the Nazis’ rise to power.

The so-called Kindertransports carried 10,000 children from Germany, Poland, Czechoslovakia, and Austria to England in the lead up to World War II. Many of the children ended up living in English foster homes while their families perished in the Holocaust.

Enterprise Rent-A-Car and ArtsPower, a traveling theater group that produces plays based on classic literature and historical events, organized the event.

Read the article from DNAinfo.

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New York Times: A Harlem Cultural Hub Is Threatened by Debt

In 2002 the National Black Theater, a cultural anchor of Harlem, invited the owners of Nubian Heritage, a growing beauty-care company with an African pedigree, to invest in its sprawling building at Fifth Avenue and 125th Street.

The theater, created in the turmoil of the civil rights movement, had owned the building for 19 years. But now it faced foreclosure, as large construction loans remained unpaid.

Read more about the troubled theater in Harlem from the New York Times article.

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Riverside Theatre Celebrating 50 years of Arts Programming

Riverside Theatre Chair Randreta Ward-Evans will tell you that Riverside Theatre is an off-Broadway Theatre that just happens to be a little further off-Broadway and in Harlem off 120th street. The theatre is not about glorifying Hollywood, it’s more about uplifting Harlem. And its performances always have a universal message, which is something that very few theaters a few miles south on Broadway can say. If you have ever been to the Riverside Theatre you know there isn’t a bad seat in the house. You can read more about the Riverside Theatre here.

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