Stav Meishar is creating "The Escape Act"
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Thank you for your interest, love and support!
I'm Stav. Half circus and theater artists, half Jewish educator, I'm working on an amazing project that needs YOUR help. It combines historical research, theater, circus, puppets, and education all rolled into one!

The Escape Act is based on true events in the life of Irene Danner-Storm, a young Jewish acrobat who survived the holocaust hiding and working at the German Althoff Circus. Irene and her family were embraced by the circus owner Adolf Althoff and his wife Maria, and passed the years of World War II performing on its stage, running to hide whenever the Nazis came for inspections. This is a 60-minute one-woman theater play, incorporating elements of circus and puppetry. 
Much of the show happens on a static trapeze, the mental place in which Irene remembers her time at the Althoff Circus. The puppets, mostly found objects and shadow puppets, are the other characters inhabiting her world as told through her eyes. She juggles, clowns, and brings her experiences and the people who shared them to life.

The play examines Irene's life between 1933 and 1945: from a young teen experiencing the rise of the Third Reich, through joining the circus undercover, to falling in love and starting her own family - all under the protection of the Althoff Circus from the threat of the Nazis. Their story is full of hope, love and compassion, depicting the brave deeds of good people who made the choice not to stand idly by. In one of history's darkest hours, their story shines as a beacon of courage and humanity in the face of fascism's cowardice and hatred.

The performance will be offered in conjunction with an exhibition and a workshop: Before the show, the audience will enter the venue through a photographic exhibition of the people whose lives the show was based on, photographs that will bring to life the time, the place, and its inhabitants. The exhibition is made in conjunction with Diverging Fates, an international academic team researching circus people in Europe under National Socialism.
Tiers
Pledge $5 or more per thing
$5 or more per creation
For the price of a coffee cup you get my eternal gratitude and access to patron-only posts detailing my research and process. This tier is for those who believe in the project and its creator but can't afford much - your small change counts and helps!
Pledge $15 or more per thing
$15 or more per creation
We hope you like circus and theater, cause in addition to patron-only posts you'll be getting access to view our private rehearsal videos. From dialogue to trapeze to puppets, you'll get an exclusive look at our process!
Pledge $54 or more per thing
$54 or more per creation
The Triple Chai! In addition to all of the above, you'll get 2 tickets to any of our performances and a 10% discount on tickets to any other performances you wish to attend 
Pledge $100 or more per thing
$100 or more per creation
All of the above, plus, I will teach you things! Seriously, I'll give you personal Skype lessons in Hebrew, Jewish Studies, Ukulele or Juggling. Ask me for details.
Thank you for your interest, love and support!
I'm Stav. Half circus and theater artists, half Jewish educator, I'm working on an amazing project that needs YOUR help. It combines historical research, theater, circus, puppets, and education all rolled into one!

The Escape Act is based on true events in the life of Irene Danner-Storm, a young Jewish acrobat who survived the holocaust hiding and working at the German Althoff Circus. Irene and her family were embraced by the circus owner Adolf Althoff and his wife Maria, and passed the years of World War II performing on its stage, running to hide whenever the Nazis came for inspections. This is a 60-minute one-woman theater play, incorporating elements of circus and puppetry. 
Much of the show happens on a static trapeze, the mental place in which Irene remembers her time at the Althoff Circus. The puppets, mostly found objects and shadow puppets, are the other characters inhabiting her world as told through her eyes. She juggles, clowns, and brings her experiences and the people who shared them to life.

The play examines Irene's life between 1933 and 1945: from a young teen experiencing the rise of the Third Reich, through joining the circus undercover, to falling in love and starting her own family - all under the protection of the Althoff Circus from the threat of the Nazis. Their story is full of hope, love and compassion, depicting the brave deeds of good people who made the choice not to stand idly by. In one of history's darkest hours, their story shines as a beacon of courage and humanity in the face of fascism's cowardice and hatred.

The performance will be offered in conjunction with an exhibition and a workshop: Before the show, the audience will enter the venue through a photographic exhibition of the people whose lives the show was based on, photographs that will bring to life the time, the place, and its inhabitants. The exhibition is made in conjunction with Diverging Fates, an international academic team researching circus people in Europe under National Socialism.

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Tiers
Pledge $5 or more per thing
$5 or more per creation
For the price of a coffee cup you get my eternal gratitude and access to patron-only posts detailing my research and process. This tier is for those who believe in the project and its creator but can't afford much - your small change counts and helps!
Pledge $15 or more per thing
$15 or more per creation
We hope you like circus and theater, cause in addition to patron-only posts you'll be getting access to view our private rehearsal videos. From dialogue to trapeze to puppets, you'll get an exclusive look at our process!
Pledge $54 or more per thing
$54 or more per creation
The Triple Chai! In addition to all of the above, you'll get 2 tickets to any of our performances and a 10% discount on tickets to any other performances you wish to attend 
Pledge $100 or more per thing
$100 or more per creation
All of the above, plus, I will teach you things! Seriously, I'll give you personal Skype lessons in Hebrew, Jewish Studies, Ukulele or Juggling. Ask me for details.