Adapted from the Diaries of Vahram Dadrian, Nadja Halilbegovich, Chanrithy Him, and Dawid Sierakowiak
Compiled and Adapted by M. Edelman
Directed by John Rensenhouse
ActorVi Tran& Cellist Eman Cholshotoriin rehearsal for “Four Children”
This world premiere play draws from the personal diaries of four children affected by genocide. Dawid Sierakowiak, a Jewish boy growing up in Lodz, Poland during the Holocaust. Chanrithy Him, a young Cambodian girl who survived the harsh conditions of the Khmer Rouge. Nadja Halilbegovich who survived the Bosnian Genocide in Sarajevo. Vahram Dadrian, a young Armenian boy who lived during the Armenian genocide who was sent to the wastelands South of Aleppo.
Featuring Kathleen Warfel, Marisa Tejeda, Vi TranandVictor Raider-Wexler (directed byJohn Rensenhouse) reading passages on stage, directly from the diaries of these children. “Four Children” is a reader’s theatre performance with music, projections and a lighting design that shifts the focus onto the emotionally charged words of the children affected by these atrocities.
“Four Children” is as poignant now as ever, it reminds us that these tragedies aren’t a part of the past. They are widespread and happening today.
“Four Children” is produced in conjunction with Union Station’s Auschwitz exhibit.
Four Children starts TONIGHT, October 7th through October 24th
Featuring excerpts and adaptations from When Broken Glass Floats by Chanrithy Him from Cambodia, The Diary of Dawid Sierakowiak by Dawid Sierakowiak from Poland, My Childhood Under Fire: A Sarajevo Diary by Nadja Halilbegovich from Sarajevo, and
To the Desert: Pages from my Diary by Vahram Dadrian from Armenia.
KCAT is made possible by support from the Richard J. Stern Foundation for the Arts, the Estelle S. and Robert A. Long Ellis Foundation, the Miller-Nichols Foundation, the Muriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation, ArtsKC, the Missouri Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, Theater League, the Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund, the Shubert Foundation, the Breidenthal-Snyder Foundation, and supporters like you!
Proof of full vaccination (per CDC definition) is required for admittance into the performance; we will not be accepting negative test results at this time. Masks are also required while inside the theatre. This policy is subject to change as the situation develops