Kartemquin and Lookingglass examine memory in the arts

Two events next week from Kartemquin Films and Lookingglass will look at memory and survivors' stories in the arts through the lens of the award-winning film Prisoner of Her Past and the acclaimed stage production The Last Act of Lilka Kadison. Scenes from the play and the film will inform panel discussions and presentations from Holocaust survivors. On Tuesday, July 12 at 6:30pm the Spertus Institute hosts Memory and Reflections: Viewing the Holocaust on Stage and Screen. Panel participants include artistic director and founding member of Kartemquin Films Gordon Quinn, Lookingglass Theatre founding ensemble member and director, David Kersnar, and David Bier, MSW. of the Holocaust Community Services Program at Jewish Child and Family Services, Chicago. On Tuesday, July 19 at 6:30pm the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center hosts "Their Stories: Reflections of Survival on Stage, on Screen." During the preceding reception, 20-year-old cancer survivor, Yali Derman, granddaughter of Holocaust survivors and Illinois Holocaust Museum founders, Aron and Lisa Derman, will share her insights and the story of how she created Yali’s Carry On bags to raise money for the Children’s Memorial Hospital foundation, K.I.D.S.S. for Kids. We are proud to take part in these two events, and delighted to report that the success of The Last Act of Lilka Kadison has led to an extension of the play's run until August 7th.