Roger Grunwald's mother was an Auschwitz survivor who, in her later years, regularly spoke to young audiences about her experiences during the Holocaust. To honor his mother's memory, Mr. Grunwald, a classically trained actor, co-created The Mitzvah (“The Good Deed”), a Holocaust-themed one-act, one-person play, which he has been performing around the world since its premiere in 2014. In the play, he portrays three characters: an Auschwitz survivor; a half-Jewish officer in the Wehrmacht (German army); and a “Jewish comedian-cum-social critic.”
On April 6, the OSU event with Mr Grunwald will include a recorded performance of The Mitzvah; a talk on the broad themes of identity and “Why do we demonize ‘the other?’” and concluding with a Q&A.
Presented by the College of Liberal Arts and the School of History, Philosophy and Religion. Tuesday, April 6, 7 p.m. via Zoom. Free, open to all. Register