On Tuesday, April 26th the Cincinnati Playwrights Initiative (CPI New Voices) presents a new play based on the life of Henry Meyer, the late Holocaust survivor, distinguished professor of violin and founding member of the world-renowned LaSalle Quartet that for decades found its home here at CCM.

Written by Kalman Kivkovich and directed by Ed Cohen, From Auschwitz To Cincinnati: The Surviving Tunes provides a glimpse into one of the deepest and darkest pits of human history and tells the success story of one very remarkable man.

The Aronoff Center for the Arts presents From Auschwitz to Cincinnati: The Surviving Tunes at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 26 in the Jarson-Kaplan Theater. Tickets are only $7 for adults, $4 for students. Tickets and information are available at 513-621-2787 or online here. The Enquirer‘s Janelle Gelfand provides more background on the play here.

About the Playwright
Kalman Kivkovich is a retired architect, artist, author and playwright. Born in Kazakhstan in 1945, Kivkovich lived in Poland, Israel, Italy, and—since 1973, in the U.S. His first nonfiction work was published in Italy in 1975. His first novel, In the Vise of Evils, will be published early 2011. To date, CPI has selected seven of his plays for staged readings. The first, In the Vise of Evils, based on his novel, was awarded an unprecedented two performances (2007) and set CPI’s highest attendance record. Embers from the Ashes: A Girl’s Holocaust Diary, his second play, received a public staged reading in May 2008. He is now working on another new play “al-Dura: Truth and Deception,” about a tragic incident in the Middle East. Kivkovich and his wife, Sandi, reside in Cincinnati, Ohio.

About the Director
Ed Cohen, a director, actor and producer, has a long list of notable directorial credits: Recent Tragic Events for CCM Drama, Breaking the Code at NKU, and many more. Cohen directed Israel Horovitz’ Lebensraum and Lanford Wilson’s Sympathetic Magic as a season for The IF Theatre Collective in 2002-03, as well as the U.S. premiere of Horovitz’ The Hotel Plays for the 2008 Cincinnati Fringe Festival. Cohen and his wife Dee Anne Bryll have collaborated on many productions, including Big River (Carnegie), Falsettos (CCM), Singin’ in the Rain (Covedale), and others. They are currently co-artistic directors of The IF Theatre Collective, a company devoted to the presentation of new and seldom performed works by significant playwrights, and are founding board members of The Madisonville Arts Center. Both have been recognized with multiple nominations and awards.

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