May 3, 4, 5

I Never Saw Another Butterfly

A beautiful and moving one-act play based on the poetry created in a concentration camp by the Jewish children of Prague. Over 15,000 Jewish children passed through Terezin, and only a hundred were still alive when Terezin was liberated at the end of the war. One of the survivors, Raja, tells the story of the children. It’s her play and it’s theirs.

There were no butterflies at Terezin, of course, but for the children, butterflies became a symbol of defiance, making it possible for them to live on while waiting to be transported.

Special thanks to The Nathan & Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center (HERC), a program of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation, for meeting with our students and staff to discuss Jewish identity and the social-historical context of the Shoah. Visit the HERC website and online resource library for more information.

Schools, libraries, community centers, museums, elder care facilities – read more about hosting a performance in your space.

Public shows May 3, 4, 5

  • Friday, May 3 7:00 pm -8:30 pm
  • Saturday, May 4
    • 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
    • 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
  • Sunday, May 5
    • 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
    • 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Church in the City
2648 N Hackett Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53211

Touring show week of May 6

  • Lad Lake
  • Ovation Communities Jewish Care Home
  • Highland Community School

Directed by Harmonie Baker
Costume design and build Laura Hughes and Sharon Sohner
Set design and build Jackson McCoy
Prop design and build Julia Teeguarden
Stage manager Rebecca Mitchell
Sound design Dima Pochtarev
Light design Jen Letscher

Playwright Celeste Raspanti
I Never Saw Another Butterfly and The Terezin Promise

Run time 70 minutes (includes student talkback)
Appropriate for ages 10+

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