Compelling drama relates personal story of Nazi invasion
RELEASED: January 10, 2002
DANVILLE, KYCentre College will present a special one-person performance of "A Table Before Me" by musician, playwright and actress Claudia Stevens. This one-act musical drama will take place on Jan. 14 at 7:30 p.m. in Weisiger Theatre on the Centre campus. Admission is free, and the public is invited to attend.
Stevens drew on her background as concert pianist, actress, and classical vocalist to create this innovative, one-person drama. In "A Table Before Me" Stevens tells the story of the terror that her mother's family experienced during the Nazi takeover in Austria in 1938. The Nazis seized her fathers tailoring business and established a district headquarters in the main floor of the familys home.
Stevens brings her family's experience to life by sharing the stories of her mother's theatrical aspirations and the loss of her father's business. She reads letters sent from the Gestapo to her grandfather, recently obtained from the Austrian State Archives. Additionally, Stevens incorporates music of the period by performing excerpts from Janacek and Schoenberg as well as jazz and cabaret music that was popular at the time.
Educated at Vassar College and the Rubin Academy of Music in Tel Aviv, Stevens holds a doctoral degree in piano performance from Boston University. She has given solo concerts at Carnegie Hall, the National Gallery in Washington, D.C., and the Kennedy Center. National Public Radio and PBS have produced full-length broadcasts of several of her works. Stevens has received grants from the International Theatre Institute and the National Endowment for the Arts, and she has toured extensively throughout the United States and abroad.
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