The Singer of Shanghai, Radio Play

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The graduate students in the Valparaiso University Arts and Entertainment Administration program have written and produced a new radio play titled “The Singer of Shanghai.” Shanghai, China, was a beacon of hope for Jewish refugees escaping the horrors of Hitler’s regime. This city became a new home on foreign land for all in search of refuge to begin anew. Shanghai was the only city in the world whose doors remained open that did not require any documentation for those in search of a new home. The city was a melting pot of varying national backgrounds of Jewish immigrants; Sephardic Jews, Russian Jews, Austrian, German and Polish Jews to name a few. Restarting their lives in unknown territory revealed their tenacity, courage and comradery. This production features a self written student script under the direction of Historian Kevin Ostoyich and Director Kari-Anne Innes. The production tells the story of the Abraham family and their brave journey to Shanghai, China during World War II. Join us in early May to hear the empowering story of Ida Abraham and her perseverance to get her family out of Hitler ruled Germany to Shanghai where they would be safe from the Nazis.
Format: Radio Play
Cast Size: 7M, 3W
Character breakdown

The Singer of Shanghai Cast

Harry J. Abraham
Rose
Lara/Woman/Inga/Ellen/Mina Rosenthal
Ida/Ivy
Featuring Special Guests:
SA Man- Jakob Innes
Magistrate- Eric Kisch
G.I. Soldier- Bert Reiner
Guide: Gary Sternberg
Berthold Rosenthal: Harry J. Abraham
Agent-Danny Spungen

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Valparaiso, IN – The graduate students in the Valparaiso University Arts and Entertainment Administration program have written and produced a new radio play titled “The Singer of Shanghai.” It is a privilege to honor former Shanghai Jewish refugee Harry Abraham’s mother, Ida Abraham, as the central focus for the production. To take a full account of this growing history, Ida’s Singer sewing machine is used as a symbol to connect her past to our present.

Shanghai, China, was a beacon of hope for Jewish refugees escaping the horrors of Hitler’s regime. This city became a new home on foreign land for all in search of refuge to begin anew. Shanghai was the only city in the world whose doors remained open that did not require any documentation for those in search of a new home. The city was a melting pot of varying national backgrounds of Jewish immigrants; Sephardic Jews, Russian Jews, Austrian, German and Polish Jews to name a few. Restarting their lives in unknown territory revealed their tenacity, courage and comradery.

According to one of the actors, Kayla Owens, who plays multiple roles in the production, “Our play is reaching new heights bringing these guest stars on board. The cast is happy to welcome four surviving WWII refugees Harry Abraham, Eric Kisch, Gary Sternberg and Bert Reiner to our production. Though Shanghai ties all these men together, their experiences are not the same. Some were born in Germany during the height of Hitler’s regime while others have no recollection of anything before Shanghai.” Thankfully, with photographs and shared memories, students in the program get to learn the rich history of the Shanghai Jewish Refugees and their stories.

Owens adds, “We are fortunate to have them continue to share their stories with the world in an effort to prevent the past from repeating and inform people of a little-known history.” Danny Spungen, board member of the Florence and Laurence Spungen Family Foundation, also plays a big role in promoting awareness of the history of Shanghai Jewish refugees and will join the cast.

For more detailed facts on Shanghai refugees please visit the website https://the-singer-ofshanghai.weebly.com

 

 

Original or Prominent Production: Historical Theatre: Valparaiso University Arts and Entertainment Administration program
Original Source Material: Based on the story of the Abraham family and their brave journey to Shanghai
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