If you have ever been touched, or had your life changed, by a song, film, book or performance, you inherently understand the transformative power of the arts. In this new book based upon interviews conducted for the documentary film, Making Light in Terezin, Richard Krevolin reveals the true story of how, in WWII’s darkest days, prisoners in the Terezin ghetto (outside of Prague) made light and found a mechanism for survival through theater, song, dance and laughter… Making Light in Terezin follows a modern day ...
If you have ever been touched, or had your life changed, by a song, film, book or performance, you inherently understand the transformative power of the arts. In this new book based upon interviews conducted for the documentary film, Making Light in Terezin, Richard Krevolin reveals the true story of how, in WWII’s darkest days, prisoners in the Terezin ghetto (outside of Prague) made light and found a mechanism for survival through theater, song, dance and laughter… Making Light in Terezin follows a modern day Minnesota theater group as they travel to Terezin to perform a cabaret piece originally created and enacted there during WWII. Weaving together interviews with performers, Holocaust survivors and scholars discussing Jewish humor, Jewish history and more, it tells a story not only of survival but also the triumph of a culture, artistic expression, and the human spirit. This book, Making Light in Terezin: The Show Helps Us Go On, co-written with Nancy Cohen, celebrates the indomitable creative spirit that was alive—and helped save lives—in 1943.
Writer/Director/Producer Krevolin said, “I lived in the Terezin Ghetto and Prague in the Summer of 2011 to make this film. We had over 40 hours of footage and spectacular still photos that could not make it into the 87 minute film and we thought that we owed it to the world to share the complete transcripts of all the interviews, especially of the survivors who will not be with us much longer.”
"Moving... Miraculous... Life Altering... Making Light in Terezin shines brightly in the face of Nazi terror."
- Nathan Jones
"Excellent... Richard Krevolin is a genius. This book shows the balance that life itself has in all things, even the most tragic, and how we, in turn, can do it for our own lives."
- Cristina Pippa
"This book is powerful. It's informative, moving, complex and even entertaining. Anyone who has an interest in theatre and music and how it can offer solace in the darkest times should give this a read. It's inspired by the making of a documentary (which I have yet to see), so the structure is interesting as well-- composed primarily of interviews."
In addition to writing, directing and producing Making Light in Terezin, Richard has been an adjunct Professor of Dramatic Writing at USC School of Cinema/TV, UCLA, Pepperdine, Emerson, Ithaca College, University of Redlands and The University of Georgia. Under his guidance, his students have sold film scripts and TV shows to Universal, Sony-Tri-Star, WB, Paramount, Dreamworks and numerous other studios and production companies. He has also guided hundreds of students on structuring and developing their plays and novels.
He is the author of the books, Be The Hero of Your Story, Screenwriting From The Soul (St. Martin's Press), Pilot Your Life (Prentice-Hall), How To Adapt Anything Into A Screenplay (Wiley & Sons), Be the Hero of Your Story, and Screenwriting in the Land of Oz (Adams Media/Writer's Digest Books). He is also the writer of several young adult novels and over twenty stage plays many of which have been produced all over the country.
He has had his plays produced Off-Broadway and around the world. For example, his Off-Broadway stage play, "Lansky," written with Joe Bologna, was nominated for an Outer Critics Circle Award and was recently a big hit at the National Yiddish Theater in Tel Aviv and the Aventura Cultural Arts Center in Florida. His play, "The Gospel According to Jerry" opened at the Minnesota Jewish Theater and he has several new plays in development.
Over the past decade, Prof. Krevolin has flown around the world to teach the art of communication and storytelling to executives, creatives and brand managers at many Fortune 100 companies. He has also worked with various top-tier corporate in-house and outside counsel on strategic communication and trial themes for major litigation cases. Krevolin's consulting work has affected hundreds of TV He lectures on film and writing around the world and more info about him can be found at ProfK.com and MakingLightinTerezin.com
Communications Consultant Nancy Cohen is editor of Natural Awakenings magazine (New Haven/Middlesex Counties edition) and a member of the Journalism and Women's Symposium. She has served on the board of the Compassionate Listening Project and volunteered for the Terezin Chamber Music Foundation, as she believes the arts and true listening are central to healing.