Theatre Wesleyan’s fourth production of the 2014-2015 season takes audiences into the heart of
the Holocaust – the Warsaw ghetto.
“The Survivor,” which runs Feb. 18-22 at the Thad Smotherman Theatre, was written by Susan
Nanus and based on a memoir by Holocaust survivor Jack Eisner, who as a teenager resisted the
Nazis in Warsaw.
In the play, Jacek (Cameron Byerly) is the ringleader of the group. The cast also includes Travis
Jones (Yankele), Jakeb Lowey (Lutek), Clarissa Murillo (Halina), Jacob Myers (Rudy), Kaila
Saffle (Mala), Dean Phillips (Sevek), Crystal Salazar (Hela), Colton Mallory (Markowsky),
Jacob Sanchez (Rubenstein), and Aleksei Barerra (Franek).
Eisner’s autobiography, also called “The Survivor,” was published in 1980. According to
Eisner’s 2003 obituary in the New York Times, he smuggled food and arms and participated in
the Warsaw uprising of April 1943. After that he was sent to several concentration camps. He
later participated in several Holocaust survivor organizations.
“The Survivor” debuted at the Morosco Theatre in New York in March 1981.
Showtimes for Theatre Wesleyan’s production are Feb. 18-21 at 7:30 p.m., and Feb. 21-22 at 2
p.m. Tickets are $5 for students with ID, faculty and staff. General admission is $10. The box
office opens Feb. 16, and will be open from 1-5 p.m. Reservations are available at 817-531-4211.