ROCHESTER — Hampstead Stage Company will present nine performances of “Little Bits of Light,” an adaptation of “I Never Saw Another Butterfly,” at Rochester Performance and Arts Center, 32 N. Main St., in April.
Playwright Amanda Faye Martin intertwines poems and artwork from children at the concentration camp Terezin with major historical events and her own family’s history. The story follows Pepicek, an optimistic Czech boy, and Werner, an isolated young man who only recently discovered he’s Jewish, during their time at Terezin. Tension builds as the camp anticipates a visit from the Red Cross and children are whisked away to places unknown. Despite the harsh reality inside the camp, Pepicek and Werner must find moments of unity, a sense of identity, and little bits of light.
Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Fridays, April 12 and 19; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays, April 13 and 20; and Sunday, April 15, at 2 p.m. Hampstead Stage Company founder and Holocaust survivor Kati Preston will host a talk-back program this Friday. She is author of “Holocaust to Healing: Closing the Circle.” For details, visit rochesteroperahouse.com.