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Eight Nights: Staged Reading of a New Play by Jennifer Maisel to benefit HIAS

With Rabbi Rachel Grant Meyer, Rabbi-In-Residence at HIAS
155 Varick St, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10013
United States


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8 Nights of Eight Nights is a series of staged readings of a new play by Jennifer Maisel on 8 different nights in 8 different cities, to raise funds and awareness for HIAS in the wake of the Tree of Life shooting in Pittsburgh.

Donations can be made directly to HIAS here.

6:00pm: Doors Open
7:00pm: Reading Begins


About the play

Eight Nights tells the story of the lives that inhabit an apartment from 1949 to 2016. Rebecca, a young Holocaust survivor and refugee, is finally free to start anew in the United States, as she confronts the past that haunts her, alongside her father, husband, friends, daughter and granddaughter. The play takes place over the eight nights of Chanukah, spanning eight decades of Rebecca’s life, gracefully weaving together heart-aching moments with dark yet life-affirming humor.

The story touches upon not only the story of Jewish Holocaust survivors, but also the global refugee experience, and acknowledges the trauma mirrored in the African-American community, with interned Japanese citizens and the current Syrian crisis.

Featuring stellar performances by Tony Nominee Jessica Hecht, Amanda Kristin Nichols, Jeffrey Omura, Ariel Shafir, Shayna Small, Peterson Townsend, and Chip Zien. Directed by Drama Desk Nominee Will Pomerantz with the support of the Jewish Plays Project and Bay Street Theater. Casting by Judy Bowman, CSA.


Photo of Rabbi Rachel Grant Meyer
Rabbi Rachel Grant Meyer
Rabbi-In-Residence at HIAS