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The Devil's Arithmetic

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“Hannah’s journey grabs on and doesn't let go with its twists and turns.”

The Devil's Arithmetic

The Devil's Arithmetic

Based upon the book by Jane Yolen
Adapted for the stage by Barry Kornhauser

Commissioned and first produced by Prime Stage Theatre, Pittsburgh PA.

Directed by Lisa Ann Goldsmith (bio)


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All photos are by Rebecca S. Antel




Pittsburgh Post Gazette

The Jewish Chronicle


Pittsburgh City Paper

Pittsburgh Post Gazette

Preview: May 9, 2014
Production: May 10 - May 18, 2014

Student Matinees - Tuesday thru Thursday May 13-16 at 10:00 am

Hannah, a modern day teenager, has to celebrate yet another Jewish holiday with her family – but this year will be different.  Little does she know her world is about change.  She is mysteriously transported back to the Holocaust. With Hannah, we become caught up in a world of deceit, discoveries, friendship, faith and family.


Response of Jane Yolen to the adaptation by Barry Kornhauser:

“I am sitting here sobbing, having finished reading the play. I have to say that I have seen the movie that was made of the book, and several other treatments for plays based on it, but this script honors the book more than any other one attempted. You . . . got to the heart, the blood, the bone of my story.

Thank you.

Now I have to get some more Kleenex.”

We congratulate the Prime Stage Theatre for being an Aurand Harris 2013 Grant recipient.

Aurand Harris Grants and Fellowships are made possible through an endowment established by the late Aurand Harris and administered by the Children’s Theatre Foundation of America. Aurand Harris, one of this nation’s most published and performed playwrights for children and youth, enormously enriched the literature of American children’s theatre. Plays such as “Androcles and the Lion,” translated into 10 languages, “The Arkansas Bear,” “The Toby Show,” “Rags to Riches,” and “To Ride a Blue Horse” are but a few of his plays that fill stages in the country and abroad. Harris’ writings, informed by his students in Kansas and at Northwestern University and by his teaching, initially in the Gary IN school system, and, subsequently, for over thirty years at Grace School in New York, have captures the spirit and interests of children for generations. Harris had a deep concern for artists, particularly playwrights, who devote their careers to creative quality theater for young audiences, and for theatres who produce theater for children. Through this foresight and generosity, the Children’s Theatre Foundation of America has been able to establish Aurand Harris Fellowships for artist serving young people and grants for small and mid-sized theatre throughout America.

A talk with Jane Yolen

Introduction to the Holocaust

The Holocaust – Jewish Virtual Library

Simon Wiesenthal Center

The Holocaust by Jennifer Rosenberg

The Holocaust – The History Channel