Waiting for Father

staged reading | Freedom & Movement Festival

November 16, 2018 , 8:00 pm

[3rd Floor]

The play by Zuzana Justman tells the story of Helena, a young woman who cannot accept the fact that her father died in Auschwitz. It is set in the Terezin ghetto in 1944 and at Vassar College and in New York City in 1954. The idealistic, headstrong Helena struggles to make peace with her difficult mother, plans to search for her father and is torn between two men. The play contrasts her life in Terezin with her "idyllic" existence at Vassar. She tries to live in the present and enjoys going to parties and nightclubs in Greenwich Village with Gordon, an ambitious, English filmmaker. Though being truthful is most important to Helena, she cannot bring herself to tell Gordon about her past. She is also drawn to Peter, a charismatic emigre whom she knew in Terezin. She ultimately chooses one of them. Each of the characters who were imprisoned in Terezin, Helena, her mother and Peter, deals with the past in a different way.

The story is partly based on the life of the writer, Zuzana Justman.

Zuzana Justman is a director, writer and producer of documentaries. Her critically acclaimed film A Trial in Prague played in New York City at the Quad Cinema. Her documentaries include two films about Terezin: Terezin Diary which was screened at the Village East Cinema and the Emmy Award-winning Voices of the Children which was shown on PBS. All of her films were broadcast internationally. She translated and produced the play The Unlucky Man in the Yellow Cap by her brother, the Czech writer J. R. Pick, for the 2006 New York International Fringe Festival. Zuzana Justman was born in Prague, spent two years in Terezin as a child and graduated from Vassar College.

Free and open to the public. For more information and to reserve your ticket online, visit czechcenter.com.

Organized by: Czech Center NY