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New Campus Theater Opens First Production Nov. 15

FORT MYERS, FL - “Kindertransport,” a drama by Diane Samuels, will be the first production held in the new Arts Complex black box theater at Florida Gulf Coast University beginning at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15. Other performances are 8 p.m. Nov. 16, 22 and 23, and 2 p.m. Sundays, Nov. 17 and 24.
A stunning dramatic
creation, “Kindertransport” tells of a miracle amid unimaginable horror and probes the complexity of emotions in those who must lose everything they love to live.

In 1938, nine-year old Eva Schleisinger is placed aboard a train filled with other Jewish children and carried away from Nazi Germany in a little-known rescue operation called Kindertransport. The terrified child possesses only two gold rings and a Star of David hidden in the heel of her shoe, links to the parents she left behind.

More than four decades later, Eva has become a quintessential Englishwoman who hides her origins from everyone, including her own daughter. Eva has tried to forget the Kindertransport until her daughter discovers a storage box of papers. As her daughter questions her, a shattering truth emerges about Eva’s identity, the true cost of survival and the future that grows out of a traumatized past.

The cast includes FGCU students Ashley Elliott as Evelyn, Kelly Rivadulla as her daughter Faith, Tawnie McMcDowell as the young Eva, Mary Reed as Eva’s adoptive mother Lil, Joni Newman as Eva’s birthmother, and Joey Carver and Hansley Mussotte in supporting roles.

The play is being directed by visiting assistant professor Diane Stewart. Scenic and lighting design are being created in partnership with the Florida Repertory Theatre.

The New Yorker called Kindertransport “a powerful contribution to Holocaust literature…presented with emotional clarity and intense sympathy.”

General admission is $10 and student admission is $5.

For more information, contact Stewart at (941) 590-7209.

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