‘Etty’ returns to Rockland library
Rockland — Rockland Public Library and the city’s Adas Yoshuron Synagogue will present a live performance of the one-woman theatrical play “Etty” Thursday, Sept. 13 at 6:30 p.m. in the Friends Community Room of the library, 80 Union St.
“Etty,” which has been touring the United States and Europe, is based on the diaries and letters of Etty Hillesum, a young Jewish woman in Amsterdam during the German Occupation in the early 1940s. “Etty” is adapted and performed by Susan Stein, directed by Austin Pendleton, whose direction of Elizabeth Taylor and Maureen Stapleton in Lillian Hellman's “The Little Foxes” garnered him a Tony Award nomination.
Stein's adaptation, using only Hillesum's words, brings playgoers to 1943 when Etty is about to be deported out of Holland. As 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.
Special accommodations for persons with disabilities can be made with 48 hours notice by calling the library at 594-0310. This is one in a continuing Thursday series of literary, film and cultural offerings sponsored by the library and Friends of the Rockland Public Library. Admission is free.
Courier Publications' A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or firstname.lastname@example.org.