Laguna Playhouse presents Holocaust education play to schools and community groups 

Laguna Playhouse announces performances of I Never Saw Another Butterfly from October 19 - 27 as part of its youth theatre offerings during its 99th season.

With a history of producing thought provoking plays that touch on various humanitarian topics, and following an increase in anti-Semitic public comments and events locally and at the national level, Laguna Playhouse will produce the play written by Celeste Raspanti to offer as part of its “Theatre for a New Generation,” which includes youth actors and is suitable for an audience of fourth grade and up. 

I Never Saw Another Butterfly tells the true story or a young child, Raja, who is one of only a hundred children out of 15,000 that survives the concentration camp at the end of WWII. While teaching the other children in the camp she helps create an imagery of hope through butterflies and flowers as a way to occupy the children living behind barbed wire. 

The play will be available to the general public at a reduced rate and the Playhouse will offer free tickets and transportation to many schools and groups that serve the community. 

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The Laguna Playhouse presents a Holocaust education play October 19 - 27

Since 2017, the Laguna Playhouse’s TheatreHope program has offered free tickets and transportation to select shows for homeless and food insecure youth, veterans, and military families, and individuals with disabilities or chronic disease. 

 “With the course of recent events that have occurred nationally as well as in our own backyard, we are happy to extend this educational opportunity for the entire family that explains the dangers of bigotry and hatred leading to genocide,” said Ellen Richard, Laguna Playhouse Executive Director.

During the run of the play, select shows will include a panel of speakers including holocaust survivors that can tell their unique stories and answer questions from the audience. Laguna Playhouse has produced content in past years regarding the holocaust such as Hana’s Suitcase and Number the Stars through the Theatre for a New Generation program that offers an annual production for teenagers that explores more mature topics such as school violence, eating disorders, bullying, and complex historical matters.

“While most students learn about the Holocaust as part of their high school curriculum, many have a hard time conceptualizing the gravity of what they have learned and have never had the opportunity to meet a Holocaust survivor,” explained Donna Inglima, Director of Youth Theatre, Education and Outreach at Laguna Playhouse. “These plays allow the students to feel the emotion of the actors and better empathize with those portrayed in the story.”

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The Laguna Playhouse is located at 606 Laguna Canyon Rd.