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
2017 Nov 07 11:00AM Sandhills Community College, Little Hall - Room 191, 395 Airport Road, Pinehurst, NC, US - map.

Performance of Etty followed by post performance discussion. Open to the Sandhills Community College community. Sponsored by Sandhills Community College.

2017 Nov 08 07:00PM The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG), Ferguson 100 Auditorium in UNCG Speech and Hearing Center, 524 Highland Avenue, Greensboro, NC, US - map.

Performance of Etty followed by post performance discussion. Free and open to the public. No tickets required. Seating is limited, so please arrive promptly. For more information, please contact Dr. Roy Schwartzman at roypoet@gmail.com.

2017 Nov 09 09:00AM Rockingham Early College High School, 315 Wrenn Memorial Road, Wentworth, NC, US - map.

Performance of Etty followed by post performance discussion. Susan Stein leads "Recovering Lost Voices" workshop with students and faculty. Open to the Rockingham Early College High School community.

2017 Dec 01 09:00 AM to 03:00 PM. cchange, Brookdale Community College, Navensink Rooms, 765 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft, NJ, US - map.

Artist/Scholar in Residence Susan Stein leads a workshop as part of the 16th Annual Council of Holocaust Educators Conference: Memory Into Memoir: Teaching Through Personal History. Open to the public. Register online.

2018 Jan 11 08:30 AM. cchange, Brookdale Community College, Navensink Rooms, 765 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft, NJ, US - map.

Susan Stein leads a teacher workshop integrating young people's diaries from the Holocaust into school curricula. Open to the public.

2018 Jan 28 02:00PM B'nai Torah Congregation, 6261 SW 18th Street, Boca Raton FA, Woodbury, US - map.

Performance of Etty followed by post performance discussion. Part of Concert and Cultural Arts Series. Tickets: $25.00 for members and $36.00 for non-members. Sponsored by B'nai Torah Congregation.

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