Irena’s Vow


Jul 11 - 21 2024


Stageworks Theatre
Stageworks Theatre, 1120 E Kennedy Blvd Suite 151 Tampa FL 33602

On July 11-21, Powerstories Theatre presents the timely production of “Irena’s Vow,” a poignant portrayal of bravery and hope during one of history’s darkest times.

“Irena’s Vow” is the true story of Irena Gut Opdyke, a fearless Polish woman who defied the horrors of the Holocaust to save Jewish lives.

Directed by Clareann Despain and brought to life by an extraordinary cast, the play features Ron Nummi as Major Rugemer, Will Chamblee as Lazar, Courtney Holifield as Ida, Holly Marie Weber as Fanka, Jakob Nordstrom as Schultz et al., Nick Noelte as Rokita et al., Talia Fish as Helen et al., and Georgios Tsambis-Weisner as Roman et al.

With the acclaimed Roxanne Fay in the titular role, this production promises an unforgettable experience for audiences.

A meet and greet with the cast featuring a sneak peek of the show, a light meal, and art from youth artists of Shine a Light on Antisemitism art contest will be featured at JCCs & Federation Cohn campus on August 25 at 5:00 pm. Event is free, limited to 50 guests, and RSVP is required.

The opening night on July 11 will be marked by a special VIP Reception at 6:30 pm, featuring a gorgeous grazing table from Campbell River Cheese and Charcuterie. This intimate gathering, limited to the first 50 guests, will set the stage for an evening of reflection and celebration.

Following the opening night performance, Ursula Szczepinska, the Director of Education & Research at The Florida Holocaust Museum, will share her insights during a talkback with the cast. Szczepinska’s connection to Irena’s story promises to add a deeply personal and educational layer to the evening’s experience.

But the excitement doesn’t end there. Powerstories Theatre is proud to partner with Tampa JCC’s and Federation’s Shine A Light on Antisemitism Youth Art Contest, showcasing the winning artworks in the lobby. This collaboration aims to spark meaningful conversations about the issues that matter most and the enduring lessons of history.

The Florida Holocaust Museum’s traveling display will also be on-site during the show’s run.

And for those looking to continue the conversation over a delicious meal, Maloney’s Local Irish Pub is partnering with Powerstories to offer a special discount to theatre-goers during the show’s run. Patrons present their playbill to enjoy 15% off your bill—a perfect way to extend the evening’s magic. Guests can also bring their digital or print tickets to the Pub before the play.

If patrons know that an actor they adore is in the cast, guests can preorder three sizes of flowers to give to their favorite performers. Order online with your tickets and conveniently pick up at the box office the night of the show.

“Irena’s Vow” is more than just a play; it’s a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the power of compassion in the face of adversity. It’s a story that resonates with the themes of bravery, compassion, and resilience—qualities that are as relevant today as they were then.

Showtimes – July 11-21:
Thursday Opening Night Reception – 630-730pm
Thursday, Friday, Saturday – 730pm
Sunday – 2pm



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