Award-winning play, “Remnants,” to be performed at Lakehead Orillia

February 16, 2016– Orillia, ON


“Remnants” is an award-winning play that reflects forty years of conversation between the author – a psychologist and playwright at the University of Michigan – and a small group of Holocaust survivors.

Written and performed by Dr. Henry (“Hank”) Greenspan, the play recreates moments from these extraordinary conversations, and in the process, provides powerful insights into the lived experience of the Holocaust.

 The play was originally produced for U.S. National Public Radio and has received more than a dozen national awards.  It has been performed by the playwright at more than 300 venues worldwide, including a space used for performance in the former Terezin concentration camp.

Dr. Greenspan will be performing the play by invitation from Dr. Valerie Hebert, Associate Professor with the departments of History and Interdisciplinary Studies, and specialist on the Holocaust. The performance, followed by discussion, takes place on Wednesday, February 24 at 7:30 pm in Room 1033, Simcoe Hall, at the University Avenue campus.

“It is extremely difficult to put something as horrific as the Holocaust into words,” says Dr. Hebert. “Through his work and the creation of Remnants, Dr. Greenspan has helped survivors articulate their experiences and ensure that their stories are not forgotten.”

The play has received dozens of exceptional reviews, including this from Omer Bartov, Birkelund Distinguished Professor of History at Brown University: “Of the countless attempts to represent the Holocaust, Remnants stands out as a uniquely succinct and piercing glimpse into the immeasurable horror of genocide.  This play has more to tell us than many learned volumes.”

Admission is FREE and is open to all students, faculty, staff and members of the public. The event will be video-conferenced with ATAC 1001 at the Thunder Bay campus.  

The performance of Remnants at Lakehead Orillia was made possible through the generous support from Lakehead University’s Faculty of Social Science and Humanities, the Departments of History and Interdisciplinary Studies, the Office of the Principal, the Orillia Smart and Caring Communities Fund for Humanities 201, and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. 

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Dr. Henry (“Hank”) Greenspan

Dr. Henry (“Hank”) Greenspan of the University of Michigan will present his award winning play, “Remnants,” at Lakehead Orillia on Wednesday, February 24.

Kathy Hunt, Communications Officer
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