Performance: 'Remnants' by Henry Greenspan
April 25, 2017
"Remnants" is a minimalist piece that includes the voices of three men and four women, currently presented as a one-man performance by the author.
The play reflects what is now more than 40 years of conversation between the playwright and a small group of Holocaust survivors. "Remnants" is thus not “testimony” but rather recreates memory and reflection as they erupt, often in surprising ways, over years of deepening dialogue. Recreating conversational moments of unusual clarity and candor, "Remnants" challenges some of our usual assumptions both about survivors and about what they have to tell us.
"Remnants" was originally produced for National Public Radio and broadcast across the U.S. Since 1997, the author has performed it as a one-person stage play, now at over 300 venues in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Israel.
Henry Greenspan is a psychologist, oral historian, and playwright at the University of Michigan who has been interviewing, teaching, and writing about Holocaust survivors since the 1970s. His books include On Listening to Holocaust Survivors: Beyond Testimony and, with Agi Rubin, Reflections: Auschwitz, Memory, and a Life Recreated.