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Start Date: 4/27/2019Start Time: 7:30 PM
End Date: 4/27/2019End Time: 9:00 PM
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Presented with Blessed Unrest and Teatri Oda of Kosovo 

April 25 - May 11, 2019
Rose Nagelberg Theatre

*Note: Tickets can be purchased online up to one hour prior to the performance time. Tickets are still available for purchase in-person at the box office or at 212-352-3101.

A young Jewish woman embarks on a journey of discovery to a remote Albanian village. What she finds reveals both the truth of her family's escape, and those who risked everything to provide them with refuge.

NYC-based Blessed Unrest teams up with Teatri Oda from Kosovo for this world-premiere play based on real events. During World War II, thousands of Jewish refugees were harbored by families in Albania, most of them practicing Muslims. Despite Nazi occupation, no Jews were taken to internment camps from Albania and it was the only country in Europe with more Jews at the end of the war than at the beginning. Refuge will shine light on this little-known history, with the current backdrop of the refugee crisis in Europe and our own nation’s attempts to close our doors to refugees and migrants.

“At its best, independent theater is inventive, emotional, inspiring and has the ability to transform the atmosphere in a room full of people. In the several years I have been attending shows by Blessed Unrest, they have never ceased to amaze.” – NY Theatre Now

Directors: Jessica Burr & Florent Mehmeti
Text by: Matt Opatrny, Florent Mehmeti & the ensemble
Music by: Metropolitan Klezmer, ft. Ismail Butera, Debra Kreisberg and Eve Sicular
Performed by:
Teatri Oda: Eshref Durmishi, Daniela Markaj, Ilire Vinc
Blessed Unrest: Nancy McArthur, Becca Schneider, Perri Yaniv
Assistant Director: Ben Peterson
Production Stage Manager: Darielle Shandler
Dramaturg: Julia Levine
Set Design: Teddy Jefferson & Sonya Plenefisch
Costume Design: Sera Bourgeau
Lighting Design: Jay Ryan
Sound Design: Adrian Bridges


Wednesday, May 1: Post-Show Talkback
Refuge in Context: Activism, Education, and #Resistance
A post-show discussion on combating hate in the modern day, with a focus on refugee protection and advocacy. Featuring Anne Frank Center Education Director Maureen McNeil, Jews for Racial and Economic Justice (JFREJ) Executive Board Member and activist Rafael Shimunov, and HIAS' Grassroots Campaigns Officer, Janna Diamond.

Sunday, May 5: MOTH-style Story Slam
Join us for a storytelling event modeled after THE MOTH.  Attend Refuge and then take the stage yourself!

Prompt: Share your experience about those who have helped your family survive persecution or threat to life, or how you were taken in during some time of crisis. Have you welcomed a refugee from another country, simply hosted a neighbor who lost their keys, or have you found cover under a stranger’s umbrella in a downpour? Share your story of refuge.  Register

Monday, May 6: Post-Show Talkback
Refuge in Context: Displacement and Narrative During the Holocaust
A post-show discussion on the refugee crisis in Europe during World War II exploring the relevance of Jewish and Muslim stories today. Featuring Jessica Lang, Professor of English and Director of Jewish Studies at Baruch; Debra Caplan, Assistant Professor of Theatre at Baruch and author of Yiddish Empire: Jews, Theater, and the Aesthetics of Itinerancy; and Elidor Mëhilli, Assistant Professor of History at Hunter, and author of From Stalin to Mao: Albania and the Socialist World. Moderated by Jessica Burr, co-director of Refuge.

Tickets $16-$36

received generous support from the Mills-Tannenbaum Foundation with additional funding from the Sandra Kahn Wasserman Jewish Studies Center.


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