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Kristallnacht Commemoration

Kristallnacht Presentation of The Spoken and The Unspoken
The Actors' Temple
339 West 47th Street, New York NY
Friday evening 7:00 PM Kabbalat Shabbat service, November 4, 2016

In commemoration of Kristallnacht, during the evening service at Actors’ Temple there will be a reading of The Spoken and The Unspoken, a 20-minute play by Cynthia L. Cooper that shines a light on hidden stories of sexual violence in the Holocaust and the investigators who have begun to unearth them. Dr. Rochelle G. Saidel, whose voice can be heard in some of the lines of the play, will make introductory remarks. Dr. Saidel is founder and director of Remember the Women Institute, which is at the forefront of integrating facts about sexual violence into the study of the Holocaust.

The Spoken and The Unspoken was written by Cynthia L. Cooper especially for an event earlier this year that launched the second edition of Remember the Women Institute’s resource handbook Women, Theatre, and the Holocaust. The reading is directed by Francesca Mantani Arkus and features performers Stacey Linnartz and Claudia Schneider.

Playwright Cynthia L. Cooper's works in Women, Theatre and the Holocaust include Gretel Bergmann about a Jewish athlete and the 1936 Olympics, and Silence Not, A Love Story about a German-Jewish Nazi resister (premiere Jerusalem, published Gihon River Press). Cindy writes frequently about human rights, and The Spoken and the Unspoken draws upon her article in Women's eNews. A new play, Stones of Tiananmen, is about Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo, imprisoned in China for his writings. Her plays have been performed in New York at Primary Stages, The Women’s Project, Wings, Lincoln Center's Clark Studio, Museum of Tolerance, Anne Frank Center USA, and in Chicago, Minneapolis, DC, Philadelphia, LA, Budapest, and elsewhere. She has plays in 16 publications, is a two-time Jerome Fellow, and has won awards from Pen & Brush, Samuel French Play Festival, Malibu International Festival, and others.

Stacey Linnartz is a NYC-based actor, producer, and teacher of acting. She is Executive Producer of Third Wing Media, which produces film, online content, and theatre in NYC, and is a Producer and Content Creator with Virtual Arts TV, which streams live Off-Broadway theatre. She is a founder and Artistic Director of Kids Creative Collective, a nonprofit arts organization that makes theatre in underserved NYC public schools. Select Acting Credits: God of Vengeance (The Barrow Group), Moditti (The Acorn/Theatre Row), Amendment 13 (Clubbed Thumb), Ghosting, Lost In Light (The Public Theatre), Heaven Can Wait (Actors Studio), Down The Road (ATA). Regional: Shipwrecked! (Capital Rep), A Streetcar Named Desire, Uncle Vanya (New Harmony), Eclectic Society (Walnut Street), Romeo and Juliet, As You Like It (Smoky Mountain Shakespeare). London: Old Times, Sirocco (Royal Court). Film: The Last 48, The Weekend, Swinging In Between, Shallow Point, The First Born, Godzilla. Web: First World Problem, 12 Months of June. She performed Gretel Bergman and other roles at the launch of Women, Theatre and the Holocaust in 2015. MFA, NYU Graduate Acting Program.

Claudia Schneider's performances include: The Spitfire Grill (10th Anniversary production at The American Folklore Theatre, Fame Takes A Holiday (OriginalsTheatre, ME), A Single Woman (The Culture Project, NYC), Correct Usage and Common Errors (Playwrights Horizons), Cindy Cooper's The Dwelling Place (The Actor's Chapel, NYC), Martin Charnin's Winchell (Brooks Atkinson-Broadway Workshop), Frank McCourt's The Irish And How They Got That Way ( Irish Repertory Theatre, National Tour), Cowgirls (NY Workshop with Judy Kaye}, Six Degrees of Separation (Queens Theatre in the Park), A Name for the Moon (Lincoln Center with Barbara Barrie), Waiting for the Parade (Redfield Company, NYC), A Williams Evening (with Patricia Neal and Eli Wallach, National Arts Club), Words of Choice (Culture Project, National LiveStream, Touring), The Best Litte Whorehouse In Texas, The Last Night Of Ballyhoo, Tale Of The Allergist's Wife, The Diary Of Anne Frank, (Forestburgh Playhouse), Maine premiere of The Spitfire Grill. Recent Film and TV: Third Watch, Mona Lisa Smile, Black Rain. AEA-SAG-AFTRA.

Director Francesca Mantani Arkus has worked at the Hudson Guild Theatre, Signature Theatre, HERE Arts Center, 78th Street Theatre Lab, The Director’s Company, Barrow Group, and in readings at New York Theatre Workshop and the Public Theatre. Regionally, she has worked at Mark Taper Forum, Capitol Theatre, The Open Eye, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, A.C.T. and Seattle Rep. Francesca has an MFA in directing from CUNY Brooklyn and is currently completing her MA in television production at NYIT.

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