The Last Cyclist

by, Naomi Patz


April 2019 – Collaboration with The Nathan and Ester Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center, Harry and Rose Samson Jewish Community Center and Cardinal Stritch University

  • Unique collaboration with local non-profits to produce a Wisconsin Premiere play, including gala opening celebration and talkback to engage donors.
  • Collaboration included professional actors and designers to work alongside Stritch students, faculty and staff as well as research and dramaturgy support from HERC including a meeting with Holocaust survivor Howard Melton.
  • Concept includes expoloding the creative ideas of the inmates of Terezin to showcase their resourceful, political, and intimate show on a large scale.
  • Transformed the space to enter through a side door and include set pieces rigged in the house to raise and lower to create different senses of enclosure.

Press for “The Last Cyclist”

“Art remains an agent for change in society”

Cardinal Stritch Offers Heroic and Absurdist “Last Cyclist” – Shepherd Express, April 2019

“By grounding the show in the universal experience of artistic impression, it necessarily speaks to the fact that this story has resonance far beyond just that of the holocaust.”

“Q and A with Mark Boergers on The Last Cyclist” – The Small Stage, April 2019

“Really explore the play the way it needed to be explored”

– NPR interview with Mark Boergers, Dan Haumschild and Naomi Patz with Bonnie North on “Lake Effect”
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