The Janka Project


The Fresno Arts Council is pleased to  present JANKA, at The 2nd Space Theatre

FEB. 7th 7:30PM-9:30PM @ Second Space Theatre


The Janka Project, in conjunction with The Fresno Arts Council, will present the New York Production of Janka at 2nd Space Theatre on Feb 7th to thank Central Valley supporters who helped make the New York production possible.

This year commemorates the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps by Allied forces at the end of the Second World War. To honor this milestone, Roust Theatre Company presented Janka at the June Havoc Theatre in New York to critical acclaim.

Janka is the story of one woman’s haunting journey of survival and hope, from the beautiful Romanian town of Sighet, through two of history’s most notorious death camps- Auschwitz and Dachau, to the shores of the United States and the embrace of the American Dream. JANKA, adapted from Janka Festinger’s sixth page hand-written letter to her uncle of the events following the Nazis’ internment of Romanian Jews in 1944, provides a deeply personal, moving, and often humorous account of her courageous life.

Written by her son, award-winning producer, director, and writer Oscar Speace, and performed by her daughter-in-law, acclaimed actress and singer, Janice Noga, JANKA is a ‘grueling odyssey of self-realization that is testimony to her love of life and her will to survive’, and poses the ultimate dilemma of whether or not to share painful personal information to illuminate an incomprehensible and unbearable truth.

Proceeds from the performances will benefit GCP’s Junior Company, United Cerebral Palsy of Central California and the Fresno Arts Council.


FEB. 7th 

at 2nd Space, 928 E. Olive Ave., Tower District

Tickets are $30, buy tickets here 

for more information visit the Janka page,

More about Janice and Oscar: 


Since 2002, Oscar’s one-woman play, JANKA, about his mother’s Holocaust experience, has played to audiences in theaters all over the United States including the June Havoc Theater in New York as well as the Edinburgh Festival, London, Sydney, Australia and Sighet, Romania.

Oscar Speace is an award-winning producer-director for ValleyPBS in Fresno, California. He was the creator and producer-director of Valley Press. The program ended a 19-year run in 2008. Over 750 programs were produced since its inception in 1989. He is also an Emmy-nominated (Northern California) producer-director of CONQUEST OF MY BROTHER distributed nationally by the American Program Service. John Kelly was the director of photography.

Oscar produced & directed “The Janice Noga Homecoming Concert” at The Bastille Stage in Hanford, California as a fund raising project for Valley Public Television.  He also directed the first live broadcast of a regional session of the California Supreme Court, which aired on the California Channel in 2002.

 Oscar was an associate director for ABC Television Network & Disney owned ABC 30 for five years. He garnered two Emmy certificates as part of the ABC30 News production team. In 2001, he wrote and directed the Radio Bilingua Mariachi Festival and Valley Children’s Hospital Telethon. During his stint at ABC 30, he continued to produce Valley Press at Valley Public Television.

Janice Noga has been performing the title role in the one-woman drama, Janka, the true story of Holocaust survivor Janka Festinger. Since 2002, Janka has played to audiences in theaters all over the United States including the June Havoc Theater in New York as well as the Edinburgh Festival, London, Sydney, Australia and Sighet, Romania. She has performed many concerts at theaters in Central California. She has performed in clubs in New York, New Orleans, Los Angeles, Mexico City, and London.

She was a founding partner with Jeanette Bryon of Valley Women’s Theater. Her roles included Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune, I’m Getting My Act Together and Taking It on the Road, and Love Letters. She also produced King Lear for Valley Women’s Theater. She opened Good Company Players at Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theater playing Mama Rose, leading role, in Gypsy.  She was an original member of the Good Company Players Cabaret Act.

Janice almost lost her ability to speak after brain surgery in 1994. To help in her recovery she took an advanced acting course in Shakespeare at California State University Fresno.  Instinctively, she knew that the discipline to memorize Shakespeare and perform scenes in front of her class would speed her recovery.  She also rehearsed and performed with the help and coaching of United Cerebral Palsy of Central California students, her favorite audience.  She is a Past President of UCP, where she has been on the board since 1980.