Hannah Senesh

Hannah Senesh

An award-winning play. 
Written and Directed by David Schechter.
Developed in collaboration with Lori Wilner.
Based upon the diaries and poems of Hannah Senesh, translated from the Hungarian by Marta Cohn and Peter Hay
Music composed and arranged by Steven Lutvak.

On the eve of the Holocaust, many left Europe for Palestine to save themselves.
Very few went back to save others.

This one-woman show tells the true story of Hannah Senesh, the heroic young Jewish woman who escaped from Axis-allied Hungary in 1939 to the safety of British Mandate Palestine. There she joined Haganah and then bravely volunteered for a daring Special Operations mission to parachute back into Europe to save Jews from the Holocaust. Hannah’s story and indomitable spirit, along with the moving diary and poetry that she left behind, serve as an enduring inspiration to people everywhere standing up to the powers of hatred and oppression.

In English.  The play runs 90 minutes without an intermission.
Tickets: Previews starts at $39 | Performances start at $49

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Lexi Rabadi

For groups of 10 or more, please contact Itzy Firestone at groupsales@nytf,org or call him at (212) 213-2120 x204 for assistance with sales, pricing and packages that include kosher meals.

Lexi Rabadi (Hannah Senesh) and Writer/Director David Schechter

Hannah Senesh in the News

The Lilith Blog: Article/Review
The Extraordinary Bravery and Short Life of Hannah Senesh Come to Life in the Revival of a Valuable Play

Algemeiner:  Article/Review
A New Play Tells the Amazing Story of Hannah Senesh

TDF.com: Article
Why Hannah Senesh’s Story Is So Important Right Now

Playbill.com: Interview with Lexi Rabadi
What Helps Lexi Rabadi Bring the Unknown Story of a World War II Hero to Life in Hannah Senesh

Broadway World:  Review
Spiritual Resistance in the rewarding HANNAH SENESH at National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene

Times of Israel: Review
Spy/poet Hannah Senesh brought back to life in one-woman show in New York

WNYC Radio’s ‘All of It’
‘Hannah Senesh’ – An interview with Lexi Rabadi

Jewish Week
‘To Step Into Hannah Senesh’s Shoes’

Time Out New York
Hannah Senesh

Q&A: Lexi Rabadi On Bringing Hannah Senesh To Life

Visible Soul Blog- Interview with Lexi Rabadi by Zach Calhoon
People You Should Know– Lexi Rabadi

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Hannah Senesh (National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene) (July 24-August 18): I was late to the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene’s work, but now I’m keen to play catch up. As part of their season of spiritual resistance, they are reviving a 1984 play with the music based on the diary of a young Jewish woman who escaped the Nazis in Hungary and emigrated to Palestine—only to choose to parachute back into Europe to rescue other Jews. (Nicole Serratore)