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Friday, June 23, 2017 8:19 pm

Terezin Concentration Camp is setting for Sage play ‘I Never Saw Another Butterfly’

Raja, played by Kiera Davis, and Irena, played by KD McTeigue, find strength in each other in Terezin, a concentration camp that imprisoned thousands of Jewish children between 1942 and 1944 as depicted in “I Never Saw Another Butterfly” slated for Feb. 24-March 5.

TROY–The Theatre Institute at Sage will present “I Never Saw Another Butterfly,” by Celeste Raspanti and directed by Leigh Strimbeck at the Schacht Fine Arts Center Theater on the Russell Sage Campus, 5 Division St., Troy. Performance dates are Feb. 24 through March 5. Evening performances on Friday and Saturdays are at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m.  Other performances are set for 10 a.m.

Based upon a true story, the play follows Raja Englanderova’s experiences as a young girl living in Terezin during the Holocaust. The play uses as inspiration the book I never saw another butterfly…Children’s Drawings and Poems from Terezin Concentration Camp, 1942-1944, first published by Schocken Books in 1978.

More than 12,000 children passed through the Terezin Concentration Camp between 1942-1944, and only about a 100 were still alive when Terezin was liberated.  Englanderova lived through it, teaching the younger children when there was nothing to teach with, helping to give them hope.

This play is her story, and although it is permeated with loss and anguish, it is also infused with love and hope, according to play organizers.

Tickets: $15 adults, $12 students/seniors, $12 children may be purchased online, over the phone, or at the door.

Information may be obtained at https://theatre.sage.edu/ or from the box office at 518- 244-2248.

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