FRESNO – The Janka Project, in conjunction with The Fresno Arts Council, will present the New York production of JANKA at 2nd Space Theatre in October to thank Central Valley supporters who helped make the New York production possible.
This year commemorates the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps by Allied forces at the end of the Second World War. To honor this milestone, Roust Theatre Company presented JANKA at the June Havoc Theatre in New York to critical acclaim.
JANKA is the story of one woman’s haunting journey of survival and hope, from the beautiful Romanian town of Sighet, through two of history’s most notorious death camps – Auschwitz and Dachau, to the shores of the United States and the embrace of the American Dream.
JANKA, adapted from Janka Festinger’s sixty page hand-written letter to her uncle of the events following the Nazis’ internment of Romanian Jews in 1944, provides a deeply personal, moving, and often humorous account of her courageous life.
Written by her son, award-winning producer, director and writer, Oscar Speace, and performed by her daughter-in-law, acclaimed actress and singer, Janice Noga, JANKA is “a grueling odyssey of self-realization that is testimony to her love of life and her will to survive,” and poses the ultimate dilemma of whether or not to share painful personal information to illuminate an incomprehensible and unbearable truth.
Proceeds from the performances will benefit Good Company Players’ Junior Company, United Cerebral Palsy of Central California and the Fresno Arts Council.
Janice and Oscar are part-time residents of North Fork, and participate in Squirrel Cage Theatre Co. shows. Janice will be the emcee and will be performing at SCT’s “Songs of the Season” Christmas show on Saturday, Dec. 5 at the North Fork School.
DATES: Saturday, Oct. 24, at 8 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 25, at 2 p.m.
VENUE: 2nd Space, 928 E. Olive Ave, Fresno Tower District