ENC play to teach the power of family and faith

Performance will show how a family survives after the Holocaust

QUINCY, MA Jan. 23, 2008 –- On Feb. 28, 29 and March 1, Eastern Nazarene College will present A Shayna Maidel by Barbara Lebow, a haunting story of a young Jewish woman who survives a Nazi concentration camp and finds her family in New York.

"This is a powerful, poignant play; with themes that can, and should, speak to everyone," said director Michael Ballard, who is also a music professor at the college.

Set in 1946, the play features a Jewish family that was nearly decimated after the Nazi invasion of Poland during World War II. But the story is not about the atrocities of the Holocaust, but instead about the family restoring what’s left of their lives when it is over.

"Family is stronger than the greatest evil and atrocity that fallen humanity can devise," said Ballard. "The story we will tell is finally about hope; about life conquering death; about a family rising, with God's help, from the ashes of utter decimation to step into their future, bravely clinging to one another's hands."

The play will be performed in the Edith Cove Fine Arts Center on the campus of Eastern Nazarene College on Feb. 28, 29 and March 1. All performances will begin at 7:30pm. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for ENC students, faculty, and staff.

Eastern Nazarene College, on Boston’s South Shore, offers over 60 liberal arts majors, as well as graduate degrees, through its traditional four-year undergraduate program and accelerated LEAD program for adult professionals. With a distinctly Christian worldview, ENC aims to prepare students to lead and to serve in an ever-changing world.

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