There are more free performances of "Witness" scheduled in the next few weeks, as the Holocaust Memorial Resource & Education Center in Maitland commemorates Kristallnacht.
Devised by the Holocaust Center, "Witness" is readers' theater — community members using scripts share the stories of those caught up in Kristallnacht, a series of horrifying attacks during Nov. 9-10, 1938, when Nazi Germany upped its destructive campaign against the Jews — and ordinary people did nearly nothing to stop the violence.
The Interfaith Council of Central Florida is working with the Holocaust Center to schedule performances throughout the area. One was presented in east Orange County last Tuesday by the theater department at the University of Central Florida in partnership with UCF's Office of Diversity Initiatives.
I saw a performance at Sanford's Princess Theatre in September. Hearing the words of the victims — as well as a member of the Nazi youth and a German firefighter afraid to speak against the government — is unquestionably moving.
While the readers share the eyewitness accounts, projected photos help set the scene and add to the emotional experience.
Many readings are being done by small groups and clubs. Here are upcoming performances in larger spaces, to which the public is invited; all are free.
• Monday, Oct. 28: 7 p.m. at the First Unitarian Church, 1901 E. Robinson St., Orlando. Directed by Sandy Cawthern; call 407-898-3621 for more information.
• Monday, Nov. 4: 7:30 p.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Chapel, 1375 Woodbury Road, Orlando.
• Wednesday Nov. 13, 7 p.m. at St. Mary Magdalen Roman Catholic Church, 861 Maitland Ave., Altamonte Springs.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun