‘The Flights of Jan Wiener’ honors Holocaust hero
Georgia College student actors will give an inspiring performance about Czech Republic hero and Holocaust survivor Jan Wiener during “The Flights of Jan Wiener.”
The Thursday, Aug. 23, performance begins at 8 p.m. in the Campus Black Box Theatre. The event is free and open to the public.
The performance is the first show to kick off the Georgia College Department of Theatre season themed “Literacy, Lifelong Learning and Leading.”
“The play coincides with this year’s theme,” said Dr. Karen Berman, chair of Georgia College Department of Theatre. “Wiener overcame the Holocaust and imprisonment under Communism to become a history professor. His lifelong quest to see his country as a democracy finally was achieved before his death.”
“The Flights of Jan Wiener” explores political issues surrounding the legacy of Wiener who lived from 1920 to 2010. He escaped Nazi occupation and fought for the United Kingdom’s Royal Air Force during World War II.
Nine theatre students traveled to the Czech Republic and performed the play during the summer’s annual European Regional Theatre Festival — Central Europe’s largest international festival featuring 200 performances in plays, concerts, exhibitions and workshops.
The actors performed for hundreds of audience members, including Wiener’s widow, Zuzana Wiener.
The play stretches the actors physically as they use their bodies to create a British bomber plane and barbed wire fence.
“At one point I’m upside down for several minutes to create the back of the plane,” said Amy Carpenter, Georgia College senior theatre major playing Wiener’s stepmother, Eva Wiener. “The play has really taken a new meaning since meeting Zuzana. When she gave us firsthand accounts of the events we portray on stage, everything we do and say has more weight now.”
For more information about this play, call 478-445-1980.