The Wrestling Patient

The Wrestling Patient

July 2, 2008

A World Premiere! This extraordinary new play is based on the true story of Dutch Jewish writer, Etty Hillesum. As WWII engulfs her native Amsterdam, Etty is confronted with a remarkable choice: to hold onto a kind of integrity, or to save her own life. With the help of a charismatic teacher, she enters into the emerging science of psychology and wrestles to answer the demons of her time by looking within herself. The Wrestling Patient brings to light Etty’s secret history of musical evenings, therapeutic wrestling matches, black-market strawberries, and midnight prayers. Her story is one of an amazing transformation during one of the darkest hours in history.


Anne Gottlieb… Etty Hillesum
Will Lyman… Julius Spier
Daniel Berger-Jones… Jaap
Joel Colodner… Louis “Father” Hillesum
Tom Gottlieb… Mischa
Marya Lowry… Riva “Mother” Hillesum
Will McGarrahan… Wrecking Ball


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