Kent Place Upper School Presents Irena's Vow
On Thursday, February 28 and Friday, March 1, Kent Place Upper School students will present their winter performance of Dan Gordon’s Broadway success, Irena’s Vow. The play will be performed at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday and 8:00 p.m. on Friday in the Hyde and Watson Theatre on campus and is free admission. Drama Department Chair Robert Pridham will serve as director.
Irena’s Vow’s featured performers from the Class of 2013 are: Shayna Gleason, Katja Yacker and Jordan Cobb; Class of 2014: Linden Clarke and Natalie Rathgeber; Class of 2015: Katherine Moore-Gillon, Gabriela Mottesi and Sarah Chin (understudy); Class of 2016: Michaila Kaufman, Ashley Villarreal and Bronwyn Olstein (understudy). Danny Vedova from Seton Hall Prep will also join the cast of Irena’s Vow.
Other notable stagehands include: Amanda Corey ’13 as stage manager.
Irena’s Vow is the true story of Irena Opdyke, a 19 year-old nurse who, in 1943, was employed as the head housekeeper in the home of a high-ranking Nazi officer in Poland. Aware of what was happening to the Jews at the hands of the Nazis, Irena managed to hide 12 Jewish workers in the basement of the officer’s house.
The play was nominated for Best Play by the Outer Critics Circle Awards and was named Best New Play by the People’s Choice Awards. Kent Place School will be the first high school in New Jersey to present this play.
The theater program at Kent Place is committed to the production of musical and non-musical theater and maintains a special focus on the creation and performance of new plays. In tri-state competitions, Upper School theater productions have received multiple awards for excellence in production and performance. For more information please visit www.kentplace.org/drama