Albert Lea Community Theatre

Adults $15 / Students $10

Feb. 13, 14, 15, 16(M), 19, 20, 21 & 22

Performances at 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 16 matinee (M) at 2 p.m.

Marion Ross Performing Arts Center

147 N. Broadway, Albert Lea

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Tickets also available from 24/7 Call Center at 1-877-730-3144 (service fees apply).


Written by Dan Gordon – Directed by Glen Parsons

Through the eyes of a strong-willed woman comes the remarkable true story of Irena Gut Opdyke and the triumphs of the human spirit over devastating tragedy. Irena is a 19-year-old housekeeper in the home of a Nazi officer when she finds out that the Jewish ghetto is about to be liquidated. Determined to help 12 Jewish workers, she decides to shelter them in the safest  place she can think of: the basement of the German commandant’s house. Over the next two years, Irena uses her wit and courage to hide her friends until the end of the German occupation, concealing them in the midst of countless Nazi parties, a blackmail scheme and even the birth of a child. This drama contains some scenes that may not suitable for young children.


  • Irena Gut Opdyke – Patty Parsons
  • Major Rugemer – Jason Howland
  • Rokita – Luke Zacharias
  • Lazar Haller – Michael Lilienthal
  • Ida Haller – Jennifer Gonsalves
  • Fanka Silberman – Risha Lilienthal
  • Schultz – Dan Montenegro
  • Helen/Rokita’s Secretary – Kris Bartley
  • SS Officer/Mayor of Jerusalem – Aaron McVicker
  • The Visitor – Logan Petersen


ACT is a non-profit, volunteer organization providing quality theatre and entertainment for our community. If you’re not interested in being on stage, there are plenty of opportunities to volunteer in other ways, such as backstage crew, building and painting sets, costumes, props, lights, sound, usher or in the box office. If you are interested in volunteering, contact

This show is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts & cultural fund.