In spring mainstage, ‘Kindertransport,’ a Holocaust survivor deals with her past

Spring Mainstage: Kindertransport
Date and time: April 1, 7 & 8 at 8 p.m.; April 2 & 9* at 3 p.m. *ASL interpreted
Location: Goshen College Umble Center
Cost: $10 general, $5 students/seniors/GC employees. Tickets can be purchased in advance online at, or through the Welcome Center by at (574) 535-7566 or Tickets can also be purchased at the Umble Center box office one hour before the show.

The Goshen College Theater Department will present Kindertransport by Diane Samuels, the story of a Holocaust survivor and her relationship with her daughter, on April 1, 7, 8 at 8 p.m. and April  2 & 9 at 3 p.m. in the Umble Center. The April 9 performance will be ASL interpreted.

Shortly before the outbreak of World War II, the Nazis organized an attack on Jewish people in Germany called Kristallnacht, or night of broken glass. Jewish buildings and businesses were destroyed and people were murdered, attacked and sent to concentration camps. In the wake of this violence, over the next nine months, an initiative to save Jewish children commenced. It was known as the Kindertransport; children left their homes and families in the middle of the night and were sent by train and boat to England. Ten thousand children were saved, and by the end of the war, the majority were orphans.

This production centers around Eva, a young Jewish girl who escapes Germany on the Kindertransport. Now an adult with a daughter of her own, Eva (now Evelyn) is haunted by her past and tormented by deep-seated fears from long ago. Having spent her entire life hiding her roots and keeping secrets, episodes from her past start to come alive around her: her journey to England, the trauma of leaving her family behind and her struggles to assimilate into a new culture. Will Evelyn ever truly be safe? Can she save herself and her relationship with her daughter?

“While Kindertransport moves between two time periods-the 1940s and the 1980s-it is not just a play of the distant or recent past; it’s a play for today,” said Director Anna Kurtz Kuk, assistant professor of theater. “Kindertransport touches on universal and contemporary themes of identity, abandonment, immigration, the plight of refugees and survival. It also deals especially with the mother-daughter relationship.”

Tickets are $10 general, $5 students/seniors/GC employees, and can be purchased in advance online at or through the Welcome Center at (574) 535-7566 or Tickets can also be purchased at the Umble Center box office one hour before the show. There will be a ten-minute intermission.

The cast includes: Lauren Myers, a first-year biology major from North Manchester, Indiana; Rachel Buckley, a sophomore theater major from Elkhart, Indiana; Lucia Nisly, a first-year history and communication major from Partridge, Kansas; Taylor Zehr, a sophomore elementary education major from Key West, Florida; Cristina Jantz, a first-year writing and theater major from Durango, Colorado; and Ben Reimer, a sophomore theater and music major from Goshen.

The production team includes Assistant Professor of Theater Anna Kurtz Kuk, director and sound design; Professor of Theater Doug Liechty Caskey, producer; Andrew Moeggenborg, technical director and set designer; Jim Graves, German language coach; Julian Harnish, music composer; Claire Mitchel, light board operator and dramaturgy; Andrew Nussbaum, props designer; Nick Peebles, master carpenter; Nasim Rasoulipour, costume crew; Ben Reimer, assistant technical director; Mary Seeck, costume designer and costume shop manager; Olivia Smucker, sound board operator; Violet Smucker, assistant stage manager; Kelsey Winters, assistant stage manager; Riley Woods, light designer and master electrician; Lena Wünsche, song recording vocalist; and Jonah Yoder, stage manager.