triad arts
12:52 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

WFU Theatre Presents Embers and Stars: The Story of Petr Ginz


Embers and Stars: The Story of Petr Ginz
Embers and Stars comes to the Ring Theatre this weekend.
Credit WFU Department of Theatre

Petr Ginz was a boy genius. He grew up in Prague in the 1930s. Before his 15th birthday he had already written and illustrated five novels, taught himself new languages, and established a periodical magazine.    

Still as a child Petr immersed himself in sociology, literature, painting, geography and various technical fields as well. Sadly, many of these pursuits took place in the Terezin concentration camp. Petr was eventually assigned to one of the last trains to Auschwitz where he died in the gas chambers in 1944.

The Diary of Petr Ginz 1941-1942 has been favorably compared to those of Ann Frank, and Victor Klemperer, and it forms the basis of a new theatrical collaboration between the WFU Department of Theatre and Dance, Andy White of the Tony Award winning Looking Glass Theatre Company in Chicago, and iPLACe (Interdisciplinary Performance and Liberal Arts Center*): Embers and Stars: The Story of Petr Ginz.The play opens Friday, February 14th at 7:30 PM in the Scales Fine Arts Center’s Ring Theatre on the Wake Forest University campus.

Professor of Theatre Cindy Gendrich directs the play. She spoke with David Ford, and she was joined in the conversation by WFU student actors Sarah Davis who plays Eva Ginz (Petr's sister), Zac Pierce-Messick who plays Professor Eisinger, and Assistant Director/dramaturge Jo Beach…

*IPLACe helped to fund the creation of a theatre piece that would be inspired by Wake Forest University's Doctoral Film Studies Professor Sandy Dickson and her film, The Last Flight of Petr Ginz.