The Joyce and Saul Brandman Foundation Lecture Series
Co-Sponsored by  Department of Religious Studies, Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences • Fish Interfaith Center

October 25 | 7 p.m.
Wallace All Faiths Chapel | Fish Interfaith Center

Poster with the name "Etty" in stylized script and a photo of Etty Hillesum looking pensively to the sideEtty Hillesum’s life ended at Auschwitz when she was only 29 years old. In the play Etty, drawn entirely from Etty’s diaries and letters of 1941-1943, we meet a remarkable young Dutch woman: insightful, determined, poetic, sensual. Through the voice of Susan Stein, Etty speaks directly to her audience, frankly, and
with compassion—even for the enemy. Seeking the meaning of her life—and all life—during the terror of Nazi occupation, Etty “happens upon” prayer, discovers a reality that she calls God, and opens herself to the power of being fully alive and present, bearing witness to the catastrophe unfolding around her. In her gentle yet forthright way, Etty asks us not to leave her at Auschwitz, but to let her have a “little bit of a say” in what she hopes will be a new world.

Susan Stein is an actress, playwright and teaching artist living in New York City. Stein studied acting in the graduate program at New York University Tisch School of the Arts. She adapted Etty using only Hillesum’s words. She has performed the play in theaters, universities, and museums throughout the United States.

Austin Pendleton is an American film, television, and stage actor, a playwright and theater director. He is an ensemble member of the Steppenwolf Theater Company.


Admission is free. No tickets/reservations required.
Reserved seating is available for groups of 10 or more.
Contact Ashley Bloomfield at (714) 532-7760 or ambloom@chapman.edu to make group reservations.

Photograph of Susan Stein as “Etty” (top image) courtesy of Ricardo Barros.