FYT’s “Irena’s Vow” honors the courage of unsung heroes

FLINT — Flint Youth Theatre’s staged reading of Irena’s Vow will be performed April 17 at 6 p.m. Written by Dan Gordon, Irena’s Vow is the riveting, lifeaffirming story about one of the most courageous and unsung heroines of World War II.

This play is the sixth and final staged reading in FYT’s 2010-2011 Off the Press Series and will be performed at Flint Youth Theatre, 1220 East Kearsley St. The $5 admission includes the staged reading, a talk-back with the performers and refreshments provided by Fandangles’.

During the German occupation of Poland, Irena Gut, a Polish Catholic, is forced to work as head housekeeper in the home of a highly respected German officer when she finds out the Jewish ghetto is about to be liquidated. Determined to help 12 Jewish workers, she decides to shelter them in the safest place she can think of—the basement of the German commandant’s house. A true story of one woman’s choice and the twelve lives that would ultimately be saved—or lost—by her decision.

Irena’s Vow is sponsored by the Gary Alter Education Fund of the Flint Jewish Federation. FYT is honored to present Irena’s Vow in memory of Gary Alter and his service and dedication to the Flint Jewish Federation and the Greater Flint community.

In partnership with the Flint Jewish Federation, FYT will host the annual Yom Ha’Shoah Holocaust Remembrance Commemoration Program prior to the staged reading of Irena’s Vow. The program will begin at 4:45 p.m. and is free and open to the community. Those wishing to attend should enter through FYT’s Kearsley Street Entrance. Patrons are strongly advised to purchase tickets to the reading in advance, due to a possible sellout.

Tickets are available at FYT by calling 810-237-1530 or at the door beginning one hour before the performance. Details: www.flintyouththeatre.org. G.G.

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