What do you choose to do with the trauma you have seen/experienced?
Wiesenthal, the one-man play, will be staged at the Wallis Theatre October 23 to November 8, 2015. While I haven't yet seen it, I had the pleasure of working with educators to prepare their students to see it, and the themes of justice, choices, and the power of an individual are great opportunities for any post-theatre discussions.
The Symbaloo Binder below contains some of the resources we explored to dive deeper into these themes:
- Other individuals like Wiesenthal, such as Raphael Lemkin and Ben Ferencz, who could not sit by after violence but chose the struggle for justice as central to their subsequent life work
- The search for justice as it plays out in different societies such as the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa
- And the power of listening to a survivor's story and acknowledging those who did not survive through their own voices when available.
If you go to see the play, we'd love to hear your thoughts. What were your post-theatre conversations? How did you see the themes of justice, choices, and the power of an individual?