Janka is the compelling account of Janka Festinger, from Sighet, Romania, who survived the Nazi Holocaust, fell in love and married an American soldier, and immigrated to the United States to live the American Dream. At 75, she finally shares her story…


News Flash: Get your tickets for the next Janka performance at the Carl Cherry Art Center in Carmel, CA. Performances on Friday & Saturday, January 24 & 25, at 7:00pm, and Sunday Matinee, January 26, at 2pm. Click here for more information.

This performance, written by Oscar Speace will be presented by The Carl Cherry Center for the Arts. (Download the press release (PDF).

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Janka is a journey through two of history's most notorious death camps, AUSCHWITZ and DACHAU, to the shores of the United States, and the embrace of the American Dream. Adapted from her sixty-page handwritten letter, it describes in striking detail, the events of the Nazis' interment of Romanian Jews in 1944. This "grueling odyssey of self-realization that is testimony to her will to survive, poses the ultimate dilemma, whether or not to share painful personal memories to illuminate an incomprehensible and unbearable truth." Adam Rothenberg, a NY critic, called Janice Noga's performance "mesmerizing." Click here to read Adam Rothenberg's review.


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Fresno, CA 93744-4289

Phone: (559) 284-8247



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