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JHM to present play based on novel by Nobel Prize-winning Shoah survivor

Jake Goodman in ‘Kaddish', a one-person theatrical adaptation of Imre Kertész's Nobel Prize-winning novel, will run on Thursday, Dec. 8 at the Tucson Museum of Art.

The Jewish History Museum in partnership with the Tucson Museum of Art will present “Kaddish,” a one-person theatrical adaptation of a novel by Nobel Prize-winner and Auschwitz survivor Imre Kertész, on Thursday, Dec. 8 at the Tucson Museum of Art., with performances at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Imre Kertész, 1929-2016
Imre Kertész, a Nobel Prize winner and Auschwitz survivor, approved the one-person theatrical adaptation of his novel ‘Kaddish’ that will play on Dec. 8 at the Tucson Museum of Art.

kaddish-imre-1“This play brings one of the leading voices among Auschwitz survivors, Imre Kertész, to Tucson through a contemporary adaptation that Kertész himself reviewed and approved,” says Bryan Davis, JHM executive director. Kertesz died in March; this will be the first performance of “Kaddish” since his passing.

Each 50-minute performance will be followed by a talk with the director, Barbara Lanciers, and actor, Jake Goodman. Additionally, attendees will have the opportunity for an after-hours exploration of the exhibition “Masterworks from the Kasser Mochary Art Foundation” currently on display at the art museum.

“We purposefully paired the performance of ‘Kaddish’ with the Masterworks exhibition at TMA to provide attendees a meaningful and multifaceted evening of art,” says Davis.

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at or 670-9073, or in person at the Jewish History Museum or Tucson Museum of Art.