How did the Holocaust happen? How could one leader persuade a nation to commit such horrible crimes? How can an ordinary person be attracted to Fascism? Questions about the motives behind our actions appear in the small and large scenarios of our everyday lives. The Israeli Cultural Connection is partnering with our School for the Arts to produce and present a theatrical production of "The Third Wave," based on an experimental social movement created by Ron Jones in 1967. This ten-week theatrical program offers a uniquely creative, educational experience culminating in a play and discussion in our very own Schultz Cultural Arts Hall. We welcome teens ages 14–17 to perform on stage and partake in this eye-opening project!
About the original Wave experiment:
In the mid-1960s, while working as a high school teacher in Palo Alto, Jones created a project with his World History students in which they experienced the growth of a fascistic movement in their class, which was called 'The Wave.' It was intended as a week-long experiential project.
Jones designed lesson plans that created a movement, including a salute, a slogan and a secret police force. The experiment spiraled out of control and was ended by Jones after complaints from teachers and parents. Jones then revealed that it was a hoax intended to give students a direct experience of how easily they could be misled into behaving like fascists, drawing parallels to the rise of the National Socialist movement in Germany.
Instructor: Ilan Vitemberg
Ilan Vitemberg is a graduate of the theater program at the University of the District of Columbia. Between 1993–1996 he was the director of drama camps for youth at risk in Washington DC. Between 1996–2000 Vitemberg collaborated with the Karev foundation in Israel on developing original plays working with teens in northern Israel. In 2002 he worked with the Berkeley JCC on developing "Playing Our Roots," an original drama project bringing together Jewish teens and senior citizens. Between 2002–2017 Vitemberg served as the director of teen leadership programs and Israel programming at Jewish LearningWorks. He is now a freelancer working with teens on creative drama projects.
Vitemberg has been a frequent collaborator with the ICC at the Oshman Family JCC. Among his many projects and collaborations with the ICC, he developed and taught the curriculum for the original Raise the Bar program (a Bar/Bat Mitzvah program for children of Israeli parents). Vitemberg initiated, developed and facilitated Israel for Reel (IFR), an innovative program that uses Israeli media and popular culture in order to introduce modern Israel to teens. He has been a frequent facilitator at the annual Round Table event, bringing together most of the Bay Area Israeli organizations.
For ages 14–17
Full session: September 15–December 9. Includes nine rehearsals, two dress rehearsals, performance | 12 meetings total
Sunday rehearsals: September 15–December 8 | 6:00–8:30 PM | Various locations on OFJCC campus | No rehearsals September 29, October 13, November 10, December 1
Dress rehearsals: Wednesday, November 20 and Thursday, November 21 | 6:00–8:30 PM
Performance: Monday, December 9 | 8:00 PM (doors open 7:30 PM) | Schultz Cultural Arts Hall
Session cost: $360 Members & J-Pass holders | $385 General Public
Scholarship assistance is available
Contact: Hadas Weissberg | (650) 223-8639 | [email protected]