SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 - 8 PM
SURVIVORS was commissioned by Red Mountain Theatre and is based on the true stories of local Holocaust survivors. Historian Yehuda Bauer has said, “Events happen because they are possible. If they were possible once, they are possible again. In that sense, the Holocaust is not unique, but a warning for the future.” Set in a racially diverse, contemporary high school classroom, Survivors explores the parallels between the past and the present, with the Holocaust stories serving as object lessons about the consequences of hate. As the slippery slope of prejudice and intolerance is examined in the classroom, we see the power of personal stories to bring understanding and change attitudes.
Playwright Deborah R. Layman, a native New Yorker, has lived in Alabama for more than 40 years. She began writing poetry, stories, and essays as a child and never stopped. After many years as a teacher, Deborah developed her professional writing and editing skills in marketing communications and speech writing. Through her volunteer work with the Birmingham Holocaust Education Center over the last 12 years, Deborah became closely acquainted with local Holocaust survivors and came to love and respect them deeply. She continues to be inspired by their personal stories. Survivors is her first play.