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When the hell of World War II broke out, Irena Sendler was 29 years old. She couldn't stand idly by, she had to act. Day after day she put her life at risk by helping Jewish children.



Irena Sendler obtained forged documents, food and medical care and placed children in trustworthy Polish families, churches and care facilities. Together with a group of heroes and heroines, she enabled the escape of hundreds of children trapped in the ghetto and was honored as Righteous Among the Nations.


Irena tells the story of a woman who decides to fight.

It is a story about the courage that can overcome the greatest evil and what a person's life is worth.


The authors of the libretto, Mary Skinner and Piotr Piwowarczyk, met Irena Sendler while filming the documentary "In the Name of Their Mothers". Although the heroine died before the premiere, the film was seen by over 7 million people worldwide. This encounter gave rise to the idea of a musical.


The songs for "Irena" are by Mark Campbell, a renowned librettist and lyricist from New York whose operas have won both the Pulitzer Prize for Music and a Grammy Award.
The music was composed by Włodek Pawlik, a Grammy winner in the jazz category.

The choreography is by Dana Solimando, who has worked on many Broadway productions.

The director is Brian Kite, dean of the UCLA School of Theatre, Film and Television.

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Dates
May 2024
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