enGage Program Description: Through the power of Theatre and Partnerships, Prime Stage Theatre and the Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh will engage the world in education, understanding, and actions against the atrocities of genocide.
2023 enGAGE Performance
April 24, 2023 - May 7, 2023
The world premiere of Perseverance brings to the stage a powerful memoir of healing and renewal. Few visitors to the G&S Jewelry Store in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood during the 1960s and ’70s were aware that the cheerful proprietor, Melvin Goldman, had spent his teens enduring the horrors of Auschwitz before arriving as a penniless refugee in postwar Pittsburgh intent on reshaping his family’s destiny. Adapted for the stage by L.E. McCullough from the book by Melvin Goldman and Lee Goldman Kikel, Perseverance: A Holocaust Survivor’s Journey from Poland to America depicts Goldman’s irrepressible spirituality, unflagging love for humanity, and perseverance as he worked to replace Darkness with Light, one shop patron at a time.
2022 enGage Performance
The White Rose
By James DeVita
Directed by Art DeConciliis
College students, Sophie Scholl and her brother Hans led their anti-Nazi resistance group to speak out against Adolf Hitler and his regime. The White Rose a true story of courage, of principle, of honor telling the story of its members as they spread The White Rose leaflets denouncing the regime. "It was time", the essay said, "for Germans to rise up and resist the tyranny of their own government." Beginning in the summer of 1942, they wrote and distributed leaflets calling for opposition to the National Socialist dictatorship and an end to the war all over Munich. The efforts of The White Rose, referred to once as "quite possibly the single most heroic feat in European history," are an inspiring tribute to the goodness of humanity shining even in the darkest moments of history.
2021 enGage Performance
Miracle in Rwanda
Written by Leslie Malika Lewis and Edward Vilga
A true story and uplifting message of forgiveness and compassion, Miracle in Rwanda is based on the life of New York Times Bestselling author of Left To Tell, Immaculée Ilibagiza. Miracle in Rwanda chronicles Immaculée’s dramatic experience of survival during the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi. The message is one of personal empowerment, of overcoming all obstacles through the power of faith, and ultimately finding peace of mind amidst unbelievable hardship.
Based on the true story of Immaculée Ilibagiza - Left to Tell, Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust