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In 1941, Sarah and Jacob Fishkin’s world shifts dramatically when World War II comes to their tiny shtetl of Rybczewice, Poland. Jacob wants to become a Partisan, while his sister Sarah chooses to use her strongest weapon: her words. Adapted from the memoir of Jacob Fishkin and the translated entries of his sister’s diary, TIKVAH tells the poignant and painful true story of just one family out of millions affected by the war. From the rise of Nazi influence in their shtetl to its eventual liquidation on May 16th, 1942, the Fishkins are faced with the dire question: Would you give up hope when there’s nothing else left?

“Tikvah” is Hebrew for “hope.” The play began its journey in 2007 when I met with Jacob Fishkin to discuss adapting his family’s story for the stage. I was ecstatic when he agreed. Stone Soup Theatre Project extensively workshopped the script and with Organizations of the Northeast hosted a reading mid-August in support of Ceasefire, a violence prevention organization active throughout Chicago. 

“It’s time we stopped hoping and started doing.” ~TIKVAH

More information:
http://onenorthside.org/stone-soup-theater-project-brings-hope-to-the-northeast-with-tikvah/


Alexandra addressing the audience.  From right to left:(top row) Katie Angelica Abascal, Chris Patterson, Eleanor Katz, Brian Hinkle, Hannah Gallagher, Alexandra Keels, Adam Hinkle, Marco Minichiello. (bottom row) Maya Johnson, Tony Standifer

Alexandra addressing the audience.  From right to left:(top row) Katie Angelica Abascal, Chris Patterson, Eleanor Katz, Brian Hinkle, Hannah Gallagher, Alexandra Keels, Adam Hinkle, Marco Minichiello. (bottom row) Maya Johnson, Tony Standifer

Tikvah Rehearsal

Tikvah Rehearsal

Cast on the night of the reading.

Cast on the night of the reading.

Alexandra greeting Tikvah’s audience on night 1.  From right to left: Eleanor Katz, Tony Standifer, Brian Hinkle, Hannah Gallagher, Alexandra Keels, Adam Hinkle, Marco Minichiello

Alexandra greeting Tikvah’s audience on night 1.  From right to left: Eleanor Katz, Tony Standifer, Brian Hinkle, Hannah Gallagher, Alexandra Keels, Adam Hinkle, Marco Minichiello

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