Etty

Susan Stein in the role of Etty Hillesum. Etty is a touring one-woman play based on the diaries and letters of Etty Hillesum, adapted and performed by Susan Stein. Directed by Austin Pendleton.

Using only Etty Hillesum's words, Susan Stein's adaptation brings us to 1941 when Esther "Etty" Hillesum, a young Dutch Jewish woman, is living in Amsterdam. Upon the recommendation of her therapist, Julius Spier, she began a diary on 8 March 1941 to help her with her depression. Hoping to become a writer, the diaries take on their own literary life, presenting both Etty's growth as a writer and spiritual transformation. As deportations begin, she prepares for the three day journey eastward, she digs deeper into her soul to understand this piece of history and root out any hatred or bitterness, believing that humanity is the best and only solution for survival. Etty's words, insights and beliefs reach out from the Holocaust and allow us to see the power of hope and individual thought in the most extreme circumstances. In her gentle yet forthright way, Etty asks us not to leave her at Auschwitz but to let her have a bit of a say in what she hopes will be a new world.

ettyplay inc encompasses theatrical and educational experiences designed to challenge participants to reexamine assumptions about the Holocaust and explore issues of resistance, human rights, social justice and individual responsibility. We make available study guides to enrich an audience's experience of the play. Teaching artists work closely with educators to tailor to the needs of a given site a variety of writing and dramatic workshops. ettyplay teaching artists have also created a curriculum for teaching the Holocaust through the arts with a series of lessons that work independently or in conjunction with the play Etty.

The mission of ettyplay inc is to use the writings of Etty Hillesum to promote social justice, to challenge prejudice by examining the consequences of genocide and to enable participants to explore their own personal stories alongside Etty's, as they consider their role in the struggle for human rights.

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Portrait of Frank Stastio, host of The State of Things on North Carolina Public Radio. Frank Stasio, the host of The State of Things on North Carolina Public Radio - WUNC, interviewed Susan about Etty Hillesum and her play Etty on Thursday, March 14th, 2013. Susan also performed excerpts from her play. You can listen on The State of Things "The Hidden Diaries of a Young Jewish Woman" web page or stream the podcast directly.

Portrait of Rowan Williams, the former Archbishop of Canterbury. Rowan Williams, the former Archbishop of Canterbury discusses Etty Hillesum in a 2004 lecture delivered at Oxford University.

How To Book Etty

You can book Etty at your venue. We perform Etty and lead discussions and workshops at primary schools, higher education institutions, community organizations, religious organizations, festivals, and nonprofit theaters. ettyplay inc travels to prisons throughout the United States and United Kingdom.

Please contact us if you are interested in learning more.

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events
Date Location Description
2015 Apr 06 10:00 AM
2015 Apr 07 10:00 AM
Maine Correctional Center (MCC) Women's Center, 17 Mallison Falls Road, Windham, ME, US - map.

Two day residency, including performances of Etty with post performance discussions as well as writing workshops. Open to the MCC Women's Center community.

2015 Apr 08 05:00 PM Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library, 4 Oak Street, Boothbay Harbor, ME, US - map.

Performance of Etty followed by post-performance discussion. Sponsored by Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library.

There will be a book discussion group of Etty Hillesum's diaries and letters with Susan Stein at the library from 11 AM. Open to the public.

2015 April 10 10:00 AM Kents Hill School, 1614 Main Street, Readfield, ME, US - map. Performance of Etty with post-performance discussion and class visits. Open to the Kents Hill School community.
2015 April 12 07:00PM Rodef Shalom, 4905 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA, US - map.

Performance of Etty followed by post-performance discussion. Sponsored by Classroom Without Borders. Open to the public.

2015 April 13 01:00PM Bethlehem Haven.

Performance of Etty followed by post-performance discussion. Sponsored by Classroom Without Borders.

2015 April 13 10:00AM Winchester Thurston School, 555 Morewood Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA, US - map.

Performance of Etty followed by post-performance discussion.

2015 April 13 01:00PM The Ellis School, 6425 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA, US - map.

Performance of Etty followed by post-performance discussion. Open to The Ellis School community.

2015 April 14 07:00PM Seton Hill University, Seton Hill Drive, Greensburg, PA, US - map.

Performance of Etty followed by post-performance discussion. Sponsored by the National Catholic Center for Holocaust Education at Seton Hill University. Free and open to the public.

2015 April 15 07:30PM The Emanuel Synagogue, 160 Mohegan Drive, West Hartford, CT, US - map.

Performance of Etty followed by post-performance discussion as part of Yom HaShoah (יום השואה), Holocaust Remembrance Day commemoration. Sponsored by Emanuel Synagogue. Open to the public.

2015 April 16 10:00AM Gann Academy,333 Forest Street, Waltham, MA, US - map.

Performance of Etty followed by post-performance discussion. Open to the Gann Academy community.

2015 April 19 07:00PM Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington (JCCGW), 6125 Montrose Road Rockville, MD, US - map.

Performance of Etty followed by post-performance discussion. Open to the public. Ticket are $10 for general public and $7 for students and seniors and can be purchased at JCCGW Online Edge. Performance sponsored by The Jewish Studio.

2015 May 09 11:00AM Medford Leas, One Medford Leas Way, Medford, NJ, US - map.

Performance of Etty followed by post-performance discussion. Performance is open to the public.

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