The staged reading of STEAMSHIP QUANZA will begin at 7 pm
Are there parallels between the immigration politics of WWII and today's refugee crises?
Explore these questions during a staged reading of STEAMSHIP QUANZA, a play by award-winning playwright Susan Lieberman and Stephen J. Morewitz.
Count on local actors --including JRC's Fred Wellisch, Cantor Howard Friedland, Ray Grossman, Susan Stone, Jason Osborn and Kirsten D'Aurelio--to bring this riveting story to life. Based on WWII events, STEAMSHIP QUANZA chronicles the true story of 86 Jewish refugees fleeing Nazi Europe in 1940, and Ben and Darcy Abrams, the Virginia lawyers who champion their cause. The refugees have already been denied entry in Mexico by the time the ship docks in Hampton Roads, Virginia to refuel.
As the story unfolds, the Abrams are not the only ones fighting to save the refugees; historical figures such as First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and Rabbi Stephen Wise also join the crusade.
Cosponsored by the JRC Peace Dialogue and the JRC Immigrant Justice Task Force, the performance is followed by a talkback. We will explore the immigration politics of WWII and compare them to today's refugee crises.
Arrive early to ensure you get a good seat! $15 suggested donation at the door.
LISTEN to live interviews with some of the surviving refugees for the documentary "Voyage of Hope"