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'I Never Saw Another Butterfly' coming to 4th Street Theater

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4th Street Theater will present Celeste Raspanti’s “I Never Saw Another Butterfly,” directed by Sandy Assarian.

The production runs March 10 and 11, and Friday through Sunday, March 17-26. Performances are at 8 p.m. with Sunday matinees at 3 p.m. 4th Street Theater is located at 125 N. Fourth Street in Chesterton.

From 1942 to 1945, during WWII, over 15,000 Jewish children passed through Terezin, a former military garrison set up as a ghetto in Czechoslovakia.

It soon became a stopping-off place for hundreds of thousands of Jews on their way to the gas chambers of Auschwitz.

When Terezin was liberated in 1945, only a hundred or so children were still alive.

“I Never Saw Another Butterfly” is the story of Raja, a survivor, who tells of the Terezin children and their teacher, Irena Synkova, a woman who gave them hope even when there was none, creating a small pocket of laughter, flowers, and butterflies behind the barbed wire.

This play is an imaginative retelling of Raja’s story compiled from documentary materials, including poems, diaries, letters, journals, drawings, and pictures.

There were no butterflies at Terezin, but for the children, they became a symbol of defiance on how the human spirit, even in the face of such reckless hate, can always find beauty, hope, and love.

4th Street Theater is a local nonprofit, community theater that has been a hometown staple in Chesterton and the Northwest Indiana region for nearly two decades.

For more information visit online at 4thstreetncca.org or call 219-926-7875.

 

Posted 2/24/2017

 
 
 
 

 

 

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