After more than 100 performances around the world under the nonprofit umbrella of the Fresno Arts Council, the critically acclaimed play Janka will head to New York City, with the help of the Fresno community where it began.
To help make an off-off-Broadway debut in 2015 a reality, two local performances of Janka in October will raise money for a New York run commemorating the 70th anniversary of Janka Festinger’s liberation and the liberation of Europe.
Janka, written and directed by Fresno-based Oscar Speace and starring actress Janice Noga, tells the deeply personal story about Speace’s mother, who survived the Nazi holocaust and started a new life in the United States. Theater critics everywhere agree that Noga is brilliant as Janka in this one-person play.
“Our dream is to bring Janka’s story to New York and the world, to honor the 70th anniversary of the survivors, the liberators and all who perished in the Holocaust,” said Speace. “We’re asking the Central Valley to support our efforts in this project.”
Performances are scheduled at 2nd Space Theater in Fresno’s Tower District at 8:00 p.m. Oct. 24 and 2:00 p.m. Oct. 25. Tickets are $50 and proceeds will benefit the 2015 Janka New York City production. Corporate and personal contributions are also welcome.
The Janka Project is a partnership with the Fresno Arts Council. Donations and ticket purchases are tax deductible. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 559.237.9734 or email Lilia@fresnoartscouncil.org.