7:30 p.m. Thu.-Sat., 2:30 p.m. Sun. through May 18. The Weekend Theater. $12-$16.
Central Arkansans need look no further than the week’s headlines to find evidence that Holocaust denial is an alarming, if not thriving, school of thought, and the number of survivors who can tell personal stories of Holocaust imprisonment, torture and genocide is ever dwindling. Jack Eisner, author of the book that begat this play, is one of those survivors, and Susan Nanus’ “The Survivor” tells the story of how Eisner — then a young music student — and a group of teens smuggled food and commodities into the Warsaw Ghetto during the Holocaust. Eisner was later captured by the Nazis, survived and ended up founding the Holocaust Survivors Memorial Foundation. Zachery Ingersoll, who directs the play’s run at The Weekend Theater, added in a press release: “The Warsaw ghetto and the experiences these teenagers faced so long ago serve as a warning to us today. Without resistance, injustice will continue. Without dialogue, atrocities will be normalized. Without telling and listening to stories like ‘The Survivor,’ we may forget that each of us, no matter how disenfranchised, have the power to assemble and resist.” Tickets are available at weekendtheater.org.