IFT’s summer workshop production of MOSES MAN strikes a warm and passionate chord

MM image headerWHAT: MOSES MAN, directed by George Pinney with musical direction by IU associate professor Ray Fellman

WHERE: Wells-Metz Theatre, Lee Norvelle Center for the Performing Arts. 275 North Jordan Ave. Bloomington, IN 47405

WHEN: August 22nd – 24th, 2014

TICKETS: $10 – $15 for single tickets. www.theatre.indiana.edu, 812-855-1103

BLOOMINGTON, Ind – Indiana Festival Theatre (IFT) closes its season in August with a workshop run of three performances of Moses Man, by Deborah Haber and Casey Filiaci.

Moses Man presents the astounding survival story of Kalman and Lily Haber, who fled Vienna during Hitler’s invasion, and “takes a closer look at particular locations in the world during the Holocaust where little documentation has taken place; the British refugee camps in Cyprus (up to the time of the evacuation of the entire Jewish population in 1941) to British refugee camps in Africa (Malawi nee Nyasaland and Tanganyika.)”  – Moses Man website

Deborah Haber and Casey Filiaci originally came to Indiana University in Spring 2014 as the Gerald and Dorit Paul Artists in Residence under the auspices of the Borns Jewish Studies Program at Indiana University, which led to the first workshop performance of Moses Man on April 17, 2014. Indiana University is excited to have them return to continue the process with IU Theatre’s Premiere Musicals workshop production of Moses Man.

Writer Deborah Haber describes it as “an epic journey of courage”. The youngest of three daughters, Haber says she is the only one who was born in this country. “Both of my sisters were born in Africa.” She knew she wanted to adapt her parents’ amazing story, but she was “waiting for the right moment and the right partner.” She explains, “About 4 years ago I approached Casey about working on a new work based on healthy choices for kids. We created a musical – Sweet House. Our fantastic working relationship combined with his interest in the possibilities of exploring the deep subject matter of my parents history resulted in this partnership.”

Director George Pinney says of this summer’s Premiere Musical offering, “Moses Man has struck a warm and passionate chord in my artistic soul.  With an enormously talented cast and creative team, Moses Man will be an incredible journey for all.”  Haber will take an active role in the workshop process and the public is invited to take part also, by attending one or both of two, in Pinney’s words “extremely informal” readings that will begin at 2pm on Sunday, August 10th and Sunday, August 17th. [Dates updated on 8-7-14]

Cast and creative team information is available at http://www.indiana.edu/~thtr/productions/2014/mosesman.shtml

For more information, contact Amy Osajima at aosajima@indiana.edu.

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