The Steinberg Theater Group will present the world premiere of Terezin, a new play by Nicholas Tolkien, the great grandson of novelist J.R.R. Tolkien. The production will run at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater June 13-July 2, under Tolkien’s direction.
Based in part on The Terezin Diary of Gonda Redlich, the play tells the story of two Jewish girls — Alexi, a brilliant violin player, and her friend Violet — locked in desperate struggle for survival after arriving at Terezin. After Violet mysteriously disappears and Alexi’s only hope to find her is with the aid of a Nazi commander offering her a Faustian bargain — teach him to play the violin and he will reveal Violet’s whereabouts. But could you really trust the very man who ordered the deportation and extermination of your own people?
The company is led by Natasa Petrovic and Sasha K. Gordon as Violet, alongside Skyler Gallun, Michael Leigh Cook, Sam Gibbs, Sophia Davey, Charlie Manoukian, Ashley Siflinger, Blake Lewis, Isabel Lodge, Peter Angelinas, Alex Escher, and Morgan Ashley Reichberg. The production features scenic design by Anna Driftmier, lighting design by Amanada Szabó, sound design by David Van Tiegham, and costume design by Belinda Michelle Hancock.
Natasa Petrovic is a Macedonian actress of Serbian descent.
Natasa made her on–screen debut in the Macedonian film Shadows by Milčo Mančevski, (2007). She reached worldwide success with As If I Am Not There directed by Juanita Wilson, which has been selected as the Irish entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 84th Academy Awards.
Petrovic’s performance earned her the Seattle International Film Festival Award for Best Actress, as well as the Irish Film and Television Award for Best International Actress and Milan International Film Festival Award for Best Acting Performance.
American magazine Variety also named her as one of the most promising actresses today. In 2011, Natasha made her stage debut as Célimène in Le Misanthrope by Molière. She also played Elikia in The Sound of Cracking Bones by Suzanne Lebeau.
Natasa is fluent in Macedonian, Serbian, English, Bosnian, German, Bulgarian, Italian and Spanish. She studied drama at the St. Cyril and Methodius University. Petrovic has been compared to Ingrid Bergman for her beauty and talent.