School of Communication

Ghetto, May 22 - 31

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May 22 - 31
Thu - Sat: 8 p.m.
Sun: 2 p.m.

Ethel M. Barber Theater

By Joshua Sobol
Directed by Daniel Cantor

From the meticulous diary of a librarian, playwright Joshua Sobol combines fact and fantasy to tell the tale of a theater group formed in Vilna, Lithuania, during the Holocaust. A ventriloquist whose bravery only finds a voice in his puppet; an entrepreneur who profits from his work for the Nazis; a leader who must choose who shall die so that others may live . . . through each of the more than 20 characters, Ghetto explores the relationship between art and atrocity, between strength and cowering. Directed by Daniel Cantor, this story of spiritual resilience depicts how the struggle for a simple physical existence may be buoyed by the creative force.

We would like to acknowledge the cultural and historical expertise this production has received from the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center

Production Team

Set Design by Robert Shoquist
Costume Design by Melissa Torchia
Lighting Design by Amanda Sweger

Special Events

Friday, May 22, 8 p.m.: Opening Night performance, to include a catered post-show reception

Sunday, May 24, 2 p.m.: Post-show discussion led by director Daniel Cantor; Phyllis B. Lassner, Distinguished Senior Lecturer in Northwestern’s Jewish Studies program; and members of the cast. The discussion is free and open to the public.

Thursday, May 28, 8 p.m.: Post-show discussion with members of the artistic team and cast. The discussion is free and open to the public.