Playwright group to stage Holocaust play
Embers from the Ashes: A Girl's Diary -
Written by Kalman Kivkovich
Directed by Tom Manning
Original Music, Kamionka 1942, by Kalman Kivkovich
"Embers from the Ashes: A Girl's Diary" is loosely based on a recently found journal, Ruthka Laskier's. A 14-year-old Israeli girl discovers having a sister who had perished in the . Decades later, in 2006, she learns that a Polish woman had found her sister's notebook, but kept it a secret for 61 years. . . . A flashback takes us to 1942, Nazi-occupied . We stay with a family who faces foreseeable destruction. We witness the struggle of an adolescent coming of age in the foreground of formidable evil. It echoes the voices of a million and a half Jewish children who didn't live to tell their stories.
The story keeps making news around the globe. A third book will be published in April. The events took place 2 blocks from where Kalman's mother lived. Her family shared Ruthka's fate.
Tuesday, May 13, 2008, at 7:30 PM
Aronoff Center for the Arts, Theater
Corner of Main and Seventh Streets
Tickets are only $7 ($4 students). Reservations may be made in advance at Aronoff Center Box Office, or by calling , or online at
Tickets are limited!
The Cast: in order of appearance
Stephanie Brait as Ora & Ruthka
Michael G. Bath as Moishe
Alana as Sonia
Emily Matlack as Stasia
David Speer as Romek
Kate Wilford as Ora
Herb DuVal as Moti
Violinist: Alberta Schneider (KSO)
About the Director:
Tom Manning has directed over ninety plays in university, summer stock and off-off-Broadway venues. He has taught acting and directing courses at five universities, including and . He served as president of the Ohio Theatre Alliance. Recently, he has focused on acting with roles in That Championship Season at the Covedale, at the Ovation Theatre Company, and at the Falcon. Other acting credits include the title role in with the Shakespeare Festival and School for Scandal with the Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati. He has worked with playwrights in performances of the CPI staged reading of Soldiers' and The 28 at the Museum Center.
About the Playwright:
Kalman Kivkovich is a retired architect, an artist, a writer and playwright. He is a man of many continents; born in in 1945 to Polish nationals, lived in , , and for the last 35 years right here in . Kalman published his first nonfiction in 1975, in . He finished his first novel, In the Vise of Evils, in 2006. This is his second play to be selected by CPI; his first, In the Vise of Evils, based on his novel, was awarded the unprecedented two performances and offered a third. Kalman frequents the InkTank Writers' Salon and is a member of CPI, Playwrights' Initiative, chairing its Publicity and informal Cold-Readings.
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Playwright Kalman Kivkovich resides in
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