“A Table Before Me” to be Performed in Houston One Night Only, February 23, 2005
HOUSTON, TX - On February 23, 2005 at 7:30 p.m. for one night only, musical dramatist and playwright Claudia Stevens will perform “A Table Before Me” at Stages Repertory Theatre in Houston.

The musical drama explores the devastation and terror of a typical Viennese family, her own, during the Nazi takeover of Austria in 1938. Stevens wrote and performs this one-person play portraying, among others, her mother and grandfather, Nazi bureaucrats and Gestapo officers. The script weaves in actual letters, documents and music from the period along with original dialogue and musical compositions by Stevens.

PBS/NPR’s Cathy Lewis called the play “one of the most profound theater moments of recent times.” Nobel Laureate and Holocaust survivor Roald Hoffmann has praised Stevens’ work as “wonderful, both as art and in its pathos.”

Holocaust Museum Houston brought the play to Houston as a meaningful artistic portrayal of a family’s experiences during the Holocaust. Said Holocaust Museum Houston Executive Director Susan Llanes-Myers, “What better way is there to understand the struggles of the time than to experience them through the safety of theater?”

Stevens’ drama creates an atmosphere of increasing brutality and terror as members of her family are stripped of property, dignity and life in prelude to the “Final Solution.” Her mother emerges as the most important character in the work where she is depicted in her youth in Vienna through her escape to England, and later in life in America looking back on her family’s journey between happiness and horror.

The daughter of Holocaust survivors, Stevens has become a nationally recognized performer and playwright, as well as a thinker and lecturer on ethics, the arts and public policy. She holds a doctorate of musical arts from Boston University and in recent years has created a unique body of one-person music-theater works utilizing her vocal and dramatic skills to complement her music.

Admission for the February 23, 2005 performance at Stages Repertory Theatre is $8 for adults, $5 for HMH members and $3 for seniors/students. Reservations are required and can be made by contacting the HMH at 713.942.8000 ext. 104 or tsavage@hmh.org.
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