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
2016 Jan 14 07:00PM American Psychoanalytic Association (APsaA) 2016 National Meeting 2016, Waldorf Astoria, 301 Park Avenue, New York, NY, US - map

Performance of Etty followed by post-performance discussion. Part of the APsaA annual meeting. Open to the meeting participants.

2016 Jan 27 19:30 Beth Shalom Reform Synagogue, Auckland Road, Cambridge, CB5 8DW, UK - map

Performance of Etty followed by post-performance discussion. Open to the public. Sponsored by Beth Shalom Reform Synagogue.

2016 Jan 29 19:30 Star Anise Arts Cafe, Open House, Gloucester Street, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL5 1QG, UK - map

Performance of Etty followed by post-performance discussion. Open to the public. Tickets £10 available in advance from Star Anise Arts Cafe or at the door. The cafe will be open before and after the performance.

2016 Jan 30 14:00 Cheltenham Quaker Meeting House, Warwick Place, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL52 2NP, UK - map

Performance of Etty followed by post-performance discussion. All are welcome. Suggested donation of £10. Contacts Elyn Mitchell (01594 517340) or Maureen Rowcliffe-Quarry (maureenrq@blueyonder.co.uk).

2016 Jan 31 15:00 Birmingham Progressive Synagogue, 1 Roseland Way, Birmingham, B15 1HD, UK - map

Performance of Etty followed by post-performance discussion. Open to the public. Sponsored by Birmingham Progressive Synagogue.

2016 Feb 02 18:00 Persephone Books, 59 Lamb's Conduit Street, London, WC1N 3NB, UK - map

Performance of Etty with post-performance discussion in the bookshop that publishes Etty's diaries. Open to the public. Sponsored by Persephone Books.

2016 Feb 06 14:00 Derby Friends Meeting House, Saint Helen's Street, Derby, DE1 3GY, UK - map

Performance of Etty followed by post-performance discussion. Open to the public. Tickets £5 available from Alan Barker by telephone (+44 07704106537) or email (alanbarker600@msn.com).

2016 Feb 07 15:15 Oxford Quaker Meeting House, 43 Saint Giles, Oxford, OX1 3LW, UK - map

Performance of Etty followed by post-performance discussion. Open to the public. Suggested donation of £5. Sponsored by Oxford Quakers.

2016 Feb 08 09:00 Her Majesty's (HM) Prison Perth, 3 Edinburgh Road, Edinburgh, Scotland, PH2 8AT, UK - map Performance of Etty followed by post performance discussion. Teaching artist Stein will facilitate writing workshops with inmates in the afternoon. Open to the HM Prison Perth community.
2016 Feb 09 09:00 Her Majesty's (HM) Prison Castle Huntly, Longforgan, Nr Dundee, DD2 5HL, UK - map Performance of Etty followed by post performance discussion. Teaching artist Stein will facilitate writing workshops with inmates in the afternoon. Open to the HM Prison Castle Huntly community.
2016 Feb 10 09:00 Her Majesty's (HM) Prison Glenochil, King O Muir Road, Tullibody, Clackmannanshire, FK10 3AD, UK - map Performance of Etty followed by post performance discussion. Teaching artist Stein will facilitate writing workshops with inmates in the afternoon. Open to the HM Prison Glenochil community.
2016 Feb 11 09:00. Her Majesty's (HM) Cornton Vale Prison, Cornton Road, Stirling, Scotland, FK9 5NU, UK - map Performance of Etty followed by post performance discussion. Teaching artist Stein will facilitate writing workshops with inmates in the afternoon. Open to the HM Cornton Vale Prison community.
2016 Feb 11 19:30. Ruchazie Community Church, 4 Elibank Street, Glasgow, G33 3QN, UK - map Performance of Etty followed by post performance discussion. Open to the public. Suggested donation £5. Contact Ruchazie Parish Church at +44 0141 774 2759, Monday - Friday, 9:00 - 17:00 for ticket availability.
2016 Feb 12 09:00. Her Majesty's Young Offenders Institution (HMYOI) Polmont, Falkirk, Brightons, FK2 0AB, UK - map Performance of Etty followed by post performance discussion. Teaching artist Stein will facilitate writing workshops with inmates in the afternoon. Open to the HM Prison Polton community.
2016 Feb 14 15:00 Newcastle upon Tyne Quaker Meeting, West Avenue, Gosforth, NE3 4ES, UK - map

Performance of Etty followed by post-performance discussion. Open to the public. Suggested donation £5, £4 concessions, low or unwaged.

2016 Feb 15 09:15 Her Majesty's (HM) Prison Edinburgh, 33 Stenhouse Road, Edinburgh, Scotland, EH11 3LN, UK - map Performance of Etty with post performance discussion and writing workshop. Open to the HM Prison Edinburgh community.
2013 Feb 16 09:00. Her Majesty's (HM) Barlinnie Prison, 81 Lee Avenue, Glasgow, Scotland, G33 2QX, UK - map Performance of Etty with post performance discussion. Open to the HM Barlinnie Prison community.
2016 Feb 17 18:30 The Wiener Library, 29 Russell Square, London, WC1BB 5DP, UK - map

Performance of Etty followed by post-performance discussion. Introduction by Professor Jane Fenoulhet of UCL Department of Dutch. Open to the public. Tickets £10.

2016 Mar 10 07:00PM Weinstein Jewish Community Center (JCC), 5403 Monument Avenue, Richmond, VA, US - map

Performance of Etty followed by post-performance discussion. Open to the public. Sponsored by Weinstein JCC. Tickets can be purchased online: JCC members $18; non-members $22; seniors, students and groups of 10+ $15.

2016 Mar 12 08:00PM
2016 Mar 13 03:00PM
Passage Theatre Company, The Mill Hill Playhouse, 205 East Front Street, Trenton, NJ, US - map

Performance of Etty as part of solo flights festival. Followed by post-performance discussion. Tickets can be purchased online.

2016 Mar 30 02:00PM BCC Holocaust Center presents, Bristol Community College, Fall River Campus, 777 Elsbree Street, Fall River, MA, US - map.

Performance of Etty followed by post-performance discussion. Open to the public. Free. Sponsored by BCC Holocaust Center. For additional information, please contact Ron Weisberg by telephone at +1 508 678 2811 ext. 2444 or email at ron.weisberger@bristolcc.edu.

2016 Mar 30 07:00PM Salve Regina University, 100 Ochre Point Avenue, Newport, RI, US - map.

Performance of Etty followed by post-performance discussion. Open to the public. Free. Sponsored by Salve Regina University.

2016 Apr 15 07:45PM Maryhouse, 55 East Third Street, New York, NY, US - map

Performance of Etty followed by post-performance discussion. Open to the public. Sponsored by Maryhouse community, part of The Catholic Worker Movement.

2016 Apr 27 07:00 PM. Boston College, 511 Fulton Hall, Newton, MA, US - map

Performance of Etty followed by post-performance panel discussion with Fr. James Weiss, Capstone Program Director and Prof. John McDargh, Associate Professor of Theology. Open to the public. Free. Sponsors: The Catholic Initiative for Interfaith Formation, Campus Ministry, Capstone Program, Department of Theology, Episcopal Chaplaincy at Boston College, Center for Jewish-Christian Learning, Women's Resource Center.

2016 Apr 30 07:30PM Newbridge on the Charles, 5000 Great Meadow Road, Dedham, MA, US - map.

Performance of Etty followed by post-performance discussion. Free and open to the public. Sponsored by Newbridge on the Charles.

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