Special Matinee Performance of The Westerbork Serenade!

Catch the last Stateside performance of The Westerbork Serenade before David Natale and Rik Deskin travel to The Netherlands to present five performances in Amsterdam and The Hague!

2pm, Friday November 5, 2010 at Odd Duck Studio.

Advance TIX available at 206-679-3271 or at

Tickets: $20, $15 TPS Members & Sandbox Artist Collective, $10 Students/Seniors/Military/Union/Veterans/Cornish Alum, Faculty and Staff, FREE for SAG, AEA and AFTRA Members.

ABOUT THE PLAY: Because of anxiety over increased immigration, in 1939 the Dutch government set up a camp near the town of Westerbork to hold the stream of Jewish refugees fleeing Nazi Germany. After their invasion of the Netherlands in 1940, the Nazis turned Lager Westerbork into a transit camp which funneled more than 100,000 Jews to their doom in the eastern camps.

Westerbork was not a death camp. It was crowded and food scarce, but one could survive there. Westerbork even had a hospital, work-shops, schools and a warehouse offering goods previously looted from other Jews. The German speaking Jewish inmates ran administration of the camp. The SS commandant’s pet project was a weekly cabaret show at Westerbork. It featured top Jewish entertainers from Germany and Holland. If one was in the show, one was “exempt” from transport- temporarily. By the end of the war, however, most of the performers from Westerbork were also sent to their deaths in eastern camps, joining the eventual six million who died.

Mr. Natale seamlessly portrays more than 15 characters; including German director, Max Ehrlich, actress Camilla Spira, Commandant Gemmeker and the beloved Dutch singing duo, Johnny and Jones.

Natale developed The Westerbork Serenade after much research as well as interviews with survivors. He dynamically incorporates period sketches, songs and accounts to make the audience acutely feel what it is to perform for one’s life.

For more info about the tour see:

http://www.xavierahollander.com/westerbork

REVIEWS:

“Natale conveys with economy and depth a gripping, true life story and the people caught up in it…he is actor enough to carry it alone.”

–Misha Berson, Seattle Times

“Natale is an extremely versatile performer… With its jaunty song and dance numbers, gleaned from the Westerbork repertoire, Natale’s show is particularly unnerving.”

–Joe Adcock, Seattle Post – Intelligencer

“The Westerbork Serenade is not only… a Holocaust story about Jews and Nazis, but a cautionary tale on the destructiveness of prejudice and racism.”

–Peter A. Klein, JT News, Seattle

PRESS RELEASE

WHAT THE AUDIENCES SAY: “Great script, written by the performer. Natale has amazing prowess. Very powerful!”

“Tremendous acting and tough material very well done.”

ABOUT DAVID NATALE: David Natale began acting at the Cleveland Playhouse at age ten. He has a BA in Theatre Studies from Yale and an MFA in Acting from the Old Globe in
San Diego. David has been seen on Guiding Light, Law and Order and Sex and The City; as well as films: Zoolander, Company Man and People I Know. Some other historical characters Mr. Natale has recently portrayed are: John Lennon in the 2006 world premiere of Just Like Starting Over at Seattle Public Theater and Eugene V. Debs in Howard Zinn’s.

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Eclectic Theater is a professional theatre company in Seattle, WA., dedicated to producing and presenting original, contemporary and classic works for the stage and screen. Plays, Improv, Stand-Up and Sketch Comedy and more! Eclectic Theater is powered by Shunpike. Shunpike is the 501(c)(3) non-profit agency that fuel innovation in the arts by building productive partnerships, cultivating leadership and providing direct services to arts groups of all kinds. Learn more at www.shunpike.org.
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