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"Terezin, Children of the Holocaust" Earns 5 Star Award at Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland

October 17, 2011

Production Written By Anna Smulowitz, Chaplain at Brooksby Village

Peabody, MA - For over 30 years, Anna Smulowitz has worked with most of the local theater companies. Currently, she is a Chaplain at Renaissance Gardens at Brooksby Village and she runs Smulowitz Productions which presents dramas and musicals in the Newburyport area.
Recently, "Terezin, Children of the Holocaust" written by Smulowitz, was performed for two weeks at the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland.  A half a million people attended those first weeks of the 2011 festival.  There were 2,000 productions of theatre, dance and music.  Twenty eight received a 5 star review from the festival review staff.  "Terezin" earned one of the 28 5 star awards.
"In 1984 we won the "American Television Award," over Sesame Street," said Smulowitz.  "To now receive this honor is just wonderful."
"Terezin, Children of the Holocaust" is the story of six children's experiences during the Holocaust.  It was written by Smulowitz and directed by Smulowitz and Marc Clopton.  The play has traveled to Europe playing in German high schools; at Auschwitz Concentration Camp; and at the camp Terezin in the Czech Republic, where the play takes place.
Since 1979, Smulowitz has acted in, directed or produced over 100 shows in Newburyport, and developed three major summer arts programs, each of which is currently operating.  Smulowitz Productions annually collaborates with over 100 local actors, directors, designers, writers, choreographers, musicians and stage technicians.
Over 1800 people live at Brooksby Village.  The campus has three large clubhouses featuring an on-site medical center, staffed by full-time doctors, five restaurants, two convenience stores, two beauty parlors, a TV studio, a swimming pool, activity rooms, classrooms, game rooms and even two branches of a bank.  Residents also have the opportunity to take part in hundreds of different clubs and activities.  The community also has its own Interfaith Chapel on campus that serves as the physical foundation for a strong faith-based community.