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Fauquier Community Theatre’s, SHOAH, continues Feb. 4-6

Fauquier Community Theatre continues its world premiere of SHOAH adapted for stage by Dr. Harry Kantrovich from Claude Lanzmann’s documentary about the Holocaust. SHOAH opened on Jan. 21 and continues through Feb. 6 at Vint Hill outside Warrenton.

The stage adaptation of Lanzmann’s documentary highlights his interviews and reflections from survivors, witnesses, and perpetrators. The play consists of six vignettes representing death camps, towns, and ghettos: Chelmno, Auschwitz/Birkenau, Sobibor/Vilna Ghetto, Treblinka, Berlin, and Warsaw.

Some 23 actors led by Michael Clendenin in the role of Claude Lanzmann, portray real-life individuals from the Holocaust. In between scenes photographs from the locations of the concentration camps are projected on a screen.

Laura Mills of Manassas was quoted as saying, “One of the most poignant and powerful aspects of this production is the live music from a cellist and violinist, playing hauntingly beautiful music arranged by Matthew Scarborough. The original music was composed by those imprisoned inside the camps.”

Kantrovich was inspired and compelled to create the stage adaptation of SHOAH, “World War II, in particular The Holocaust is a passion of mine. I lost family in the Holocaust and those that I knew who survived, I could always see the pain in their eyes, it never left. When I first saw Claude Lanzmann’s documentary in 1985, I was mesmerized. As I got more enveloped in the theatre, I knew I wanted to adapt the transcript to stage.”

The show sponsor for SHOAH is WILL Interactive, a company that creates custom training programs for associations, corporations, and government agencies.

Performances of SHOAH take place on Fridays and weekends through Feb. 6,  at the Vint Hill Theatre on the Green located at 4225 Aiken Drive, Warrenton. Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:30 pm, Sunday matinees are at 2 pm.

Tickets for reserved seating are available at (students and seniors $16, adults $18) or by calling 540-349-8760. Some complimentary tickets are available for high school and college students by emailing .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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