BY EDWARD LEWIS WALLANT
DIRECTED BY RICK COLHOUN
11:00 AM, SUNDAY JULY 28
For most of us, remembering the Holocaust requires effort; we listen to stories, watch films, read histories. But the people who came to be called 'survivors' could not avoid their memories. Sol Nazerman, protagonist of Edward Lewis Wallant's The Pawnbroker, is one such sufferer.
At 45, Nazerman, who survived Bergen-Belsen although his wife and children did not, runs a Harlem pawnshop. But the operation is only a front for a gangster who pays Nazerman a comfortable salary for his services. Nazerman's dreams are haunted by visions of his past tortures. (Dramatizations of these scenes in Sidney Lumet's 1964 film version are famous for being the first time the extermination camps were depicted in a Hollywood movie.)
Remarkable for its attempts to dramatize the aftereffects of the Holocaust, The Pawnbroker is likewise valuable as an exploration of the fraught relationships between Jews and other American minority groups. That this novel, a National Book Award finalist, remains so powerful today makes it all the more tragic that its talented author died, at age 36, the year after its publication. The book sold more than 500,000 copies soon after it was published.
SUNDAY BRUNCH READINGS
A SERIES OF LIVE STAGED READINGS
To enjoy the complete experience of our Summer Repertory Season, join us for the Sunday Brunch Reading series, an exploration of the ideas, themes, period of a play or a playwright's work. Each of the readings is tailored to create an immersive environment that reflects the world of the matinée performance it precedes.
Enjoy a light picnic lunch (for sale at our concession), and thoughtful, lively entertainment in the grounds adjacent The Jericho Arts Centre, prior to our Sunday matinees.
PLEASE NOTE: Admission to The Pawnbroker is $10 or is included - as are all other brunches - when you purchase a FESTIVAL PASS.
PLEASE NOTE: In the event of rain, this event will move indoors.
OTHER SUNDAY BRUNCH READINGS
ETC does not offer advisories about subject matter, as sensitivities vary from person to person. If you have any questions about content, age-appropriateness or stage effects (such as strobe lights or theatrical fog) that might have a bearing on patron comfort, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Followed by: Superior Donuts @ 2 PM