Theatre Release: Mary Baldwin University Theatre Presents Kindertransport

November 2, 2010

Mary Baldwin University continues its 2010–2011 theatre season with Diane Samuels’ Kindertransport. Directed by Mary Baldwin Theatre Professor Virginia Francisco and produced by Terry Southerington, this play examines the life of a kindertransport child during and after World War II.

In the nine months between the Kristallnacht attacks on Jewish people, houses of worship, and businesses, and the outbreak of World War II, the Movement for the Care of Children from Germany rescued almost 10,000 Jewish children, who were separated from their parents and transported to the UK. This play explores the experience of Eva, a kindertransport child, her German mother, her English foster mother, and her own daughter. At age 16, Eva changes her name to Evelyn and attempts to distance herself from her troubled childhood. With the arrival of her German birth mother, Helga, in England, Eva/Evelyn must finally confront her past. In the background lurks the German folklore figure of the Ratcatcher, based on the character of the Pied Piper of Hamelin, who lured children away from their parents.

Kate Given plays the role of Eva from ages 9-17. Michelle Brandt, most recently featured as Miss Tweed in Mary Baldwin’s Something’s Afoot, plays the older Eva. Danielle Guy portrays Evelyn’s teenage daughter, Faith. Helga is played by Gwendolyn Boniface, while Aubrey Joyner takes on the role of Eva’s English foster mother. Brad Kurtz rounds out the cast as the malevolent Ratcatcher.

Please join us for what promises to be an outstanding and heartbreaking show. The theatre will provide some special parking during performances, with shuttle service directly to the entrance of the theatre. Call the theatre department to arrange for the shuttle. All performances are in the Fletcher Collins Theatre in Bertie Murphy Deming Fine Arts Center at Mary Baldwin University. For directions, please call the box office. Show times are 7:30 p.m. November 17–20, and 2 p.m. November 21. Tickets are available by calling 540-887-7189, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Single show tickets are $5 for students and seniors, $10 for all others. Shows do sell out so get your tickets now.