“Only a Girl” tells the true story of Irene Gut Opdyke a Holocaust rescuer who, at the age of 17, helped save hundreds of lives during the Second World War. Based on personal interviews with Irene, this remarkable tale of courage and commitment comes to life. The piece is told through narrative “visited memories”, film images, and original music and songs. “Only a Girl” carries us back with Irene through her idyllic childhood in pre-war Poland to her days with the Polish resistance and onward…
This play celebrates the courage of survivor and rescuer and hopes to continue Irene's voice and mission..That through hope and love and the shedding of supposed differences, we can find our single humanity. And in that humanity, reach out to one another without fear, only love…..
"...YOUR MESSAGE IS SO IMPORTANT TO ALL OF US. LOVE AND UNDERSTANDING ARE SO NEECESSARY-HEARING YOU SPEAK GAVE ME THANKFUL REASSURANCE THAT THIS KIND OF VITAL LOVE STILL EXISTS..."
"...THE MEDIA AND OUR EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS CONCENTRATE SO MUCH ON THE NEGATIVE NATURE OF MAN, THAT OFTEN TIMES WE IGNORE OUR HEROES, AND MRS. OPDYKE YOU ARE MY HERO....."
"...YOU HAVE SHOWN ME THAT THIS WORLD AS IMPERFECT AS IT MAY BE IS STILL FILLED WITH PEOPLE OF YOUR BEAUTY AND LOVE...KNOWING THAT THERE ARE PEOPLE IN THIS WORLD LIKE YOU, MAKES LIFE WORTH LIVING. YOU ARE MY IDOL THE ONE I WILL TRY TO FOLLOW IN MY YEARS AHEAD...."
NADTA Drama Therapy Conference, Boston
The Workshop Theatre, NYC
The Shubin Theatre, Philadelphia
Lighthouse International, NYC
The Holocaust Conference at Millersville University
Suffolk Community College
Gloucester County College, New Jersey
North Shore Jewish Center
The Art Institute of Philadelphia
Testimonial Excerpts from some of our performances...
“This play was inspirational. What a wonderful way to enhance the traditional curriculum on Holocaust education” Bill Nelson, Salem High School
“This story depicts what really matters...respect for others and the determination to do the right thing” Pat Ryan, Princeton Health Care Systems
“Only a Girl is a masterpiece of outstanding acting and extremely powerful writing”
Miki Wilson, Regional Vice President, Aimco
“This play is a life altering experience for each soul who attends”
Nancy Wiker, Musical Director, Storybook Musical Theatre
“Thank you for keeping this important history alive”William F. Anderson, President Gloucester County College
“Only a Girl was excellent! The focus is very relevant and a good compliment for Holocaust General Education”
Susan Rosen, Teacher, Orchard Valley Middle School