In this moving play, Grammy-nominated pianist Mona Golabek, passionately interweaves the music of Bach, Beethoven, Chopin and Debussy as she shares her mother's riveting story of tragic loss, survival and a new life. The Pianist of Willesden Lane is based on the true story of Lisa Jura, a young Jewish musician who in 1938, at the age of 14, had to leave her family in Vienna and flee to London via the Kindertransport, a rescue movement for children threatened by the Nazi regime. Based on the book The Children of Willesden Lane by Mona Golabek and Lee Cohen, and directed by Hershey Felder, this theatrical performance is an expression of hope and a testimony to the resilience of the human spirit. The book is available in adaptations for all ages and we recommend reading it as a companion project.
“Keyboard virtuoso Mona Golabek essentially channels her mother, pianist Lisa Jura, and strikes musical and emotional notes that transcend technical display or biographical sentiment. This elegant, heartfelt solo show is an arresting, deeply affecting triumph.”
- David Nichols, LA Times
Recommended Grades: 3 – 12
Length: 90 minutes (option to view in multiple sittings)