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.�
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About the Author
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.