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"Remnants:" A One-Man Play Performed By Playwright Henry Greenspan


Monday May 8, 2017: 7:00pm to 8:30pm


Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room


Henry Greenspan’s play "Remnants" is based on more than forty years of conversation between the playwright and a small group of Holocaust survivors. It recreates memory as it erupts within sustained and deepening acquaintance, at moments of unusual clarity and candor.

Performed by the playwright (representing seven different people), each segment recreates moments in which survivors reflect not only on the destruction of the Holocaust, but also on their lives in the aftermath. "Remnants" was first produced for radio in 1992 and distributed to NPR stations across the United States. 2017-18 marks the 25th anniversary of the first production.

Greenspan has performed "Remnants" at over 300 venues throughout the U.S. and Canada as well as in Britain, Israel, and the Czech Republic and the play has won numerous awards. Recent presentations include performances at New York's John Houseman Theater, the British Library (London), the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (Washington, DC), and the Magdeburg Attic Theatre in the former Theresienstadt concentration camp--a space used for performances during the Holocaust itself.

A discussion between the playwright and audience will follow.

Henry Greenspan is a psychologist, oral historian, and playwright at the University of Michigan and the author of On Listening to Holocaust Survivors: Beyond Testimony and "Reflections: Auschwitz, Memory, and a Life Recreated," co-authored with Agi Rubin, a survivor with whom Greenspan had collaborated since 1980.