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Drama, Art and Forgiveness

As the newspapers continue to be filled with stories of violence and death in the name of racial, ethnic or religious causes, Notre Dame College examined the cost of hate and the importance of forgiveness through drama and visual art.

And Then They Came for Me, a drama written by James Still, was presented under the direction of Peter Manos, of Notre Dame’s speech and drama faculty, during the weekend of October 20-22, 2006. The actors- students from Notre Dame as well as Regina and Benedictine High Schools- presented incidents from the life of Eva Geiringer Schloss, a neighbor and contemporary of Anne Frank. After each performance, Mrs. Schloss engaged in conversation with audience members.

In conjunction with the production, Notre Dame College’s art department hosted an exhibit of portraits by Cleveland native Barbara Krahe Powers. Nearly 100 pastel portraits of children of the Holocaust were displayed. Powers created the drawings to remember the nearly 1.5 million children who perished from disease, hunger and murder. Visitors may purchase drawings; proceeds will support peace and justice projects, including the work of the Tolerance Resource Center at Notre Dame College.

Coreopsis: Renderings of Children in the Holocaust: Opening in the Performing Arts Center on October 20 through December 7. The Gallery is open Monday-Friday from noon to 6 pm, and by appointment.

The Performing Arts Center is located on the Ground Floor of the Administration Building at 4545 College Road, South Euclid. Parking is free.

Sr. Eileen Quinlan ’74 is an Associate Professor of English at Notre Dame College.