Resort 76

October 7 - 12 at 7:30pm
October 12-13 at 2:00pm
Hicklin Studio Theatre


By Shimon Wincelberg      Directed by: Bruce Cohen

Resort 76, based on A Cat in the Ghetto by Rachmil Bryks, takes us to a forced labor textile mill in the Lodz Ghetto during World War II. The play focuses on Blaustein, the reclamation factory head, and the workers under his charge. This motley and compelling crew of characters, who both live and work in this industrial "resort" struggle to survive and find hope in the face of darkness. Will the relentless oppression and starvation destroy their faith in God? Their love of life? Their ability to resist? Punctuated with moments of terror and dark comedy, Resort 76 is a poignant snapshot and compelling commentary on what could happen if we allow ourselves to forget.

"Compassion and community, trust and sacrifice, betrayal and redemption." - Daily Herald

Seating is limited in Hicklin Studio Theatre, advance purchase is recommended.

Resort 76 Program  |  Resort 76 Large Print Program

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Go Beyond The Play

These additional events are free to attend and do not require a ticket. To see a performance of Resort 76, you must purchase a ticket.

For a copy of the study guide, please click here.

Panel Discussion
Oct. 8 from 5:30 - 7:00 PM
Greenhill Center of the Arts, Room 30

Guest speakers Dr. Stanislav Vysotsky (UW-W -Sociology and Criminology), Jennifer Gramer (UWM - History), and Dr. Daniel Haumschild (The Milwaukee Jewish Federation - HERC) will join us to discuss themes brought to light through the Theatre/Dance production of Resort 76 by Shimon Wincelberg. Topics discussed will include genocide, memory, and incarceration in how they relate to the play as well as in society today.

My Father Rachmil Bryks
Oct. 10 from 5:00 - 7:00 PM
Barnett Theatre

A lecture and talk with Bella Bryks-Klein, the daughter of Rachmil Bryks, author of A Cat in the Ghetto (the novel that Resort 76 is adapted from). Ms. Bryks-Klein will give insight into her father's life through his writing and biography. Rachmil Bryks is the author of A Cat in the Ghetto, The 'King' of the Ghetto, The Paper Crown, and Ghetto Resort 76, upon which the play Resort 76 is based. Ms. Bryks-Klein will discuss how his traumatic experience in the Lodz Ghetto affected him to the very last day of his life, and is affecting her as a second generation child of a Holocaust survivor.

Post-Show Discussions with the Cast & Crew
October 9 & 12

A Cat in the Ghetto Book Discussions
Jefferson Public Library
Sept. 23 @ 6:00 pm


Irvin L.Young Memorial Library
Oct. 3 @ 4:00 pm


Dwight Foster Library
Oct.10 & 14 @ 1:00 pm