Janka by Oscar Speace
The June Havoc Theatre, New York City
This is one woman’s journey of survival and hope, from the beautiful Romanian town of Sighet, through two of history’s most notorious death camps - Auschwitz and Dachau, to the shores of the United States and the embrace of the American Dream. Janka, adapted from Janka Festinger’s sixty page hand-written letter to her uncle of the events following the Nazis’ internment of Romanian Jews in 1944, provides a deeply personal, moving, and often humorous account of her courageous life.
Janka is ‘a grueling odyssey of self-realization that is testimony to her love of life and her will to survive’, and poses the ultimate dilemma of whether or not to share painful personal information to illuminate an incomprehensible and unbearable truth.
Director: James Phillip Gates
Set Design: Richard Hoover
Lighting Design: Travis Sawyer
Assistant Set Design: Kevin Kedroe
Production Stage Manager: Gina Costagliola
Assistant Stage Manager: Tochi Shilow
Sound Design: Dan C. Crambel
Cast: Janice Noga