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Jewish Family Theatre’s The Last Cyclist


Performance at Congregation Beth Ahabah on Sunday, May 1 at 2:00PM
In commemoration of Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day)

In-person performance in the Sanctuary will also be livestreamed for virtual ticket holders.
Streamed recording still available for a limited time to virtual ticket buyers!

The play, The Last Cyclist, was written by Karel Švenk during his time living in the Terezín ghetto during the Holocaust. Known as a hero to the other Jews in the camp for his biting wit and for being “inexhaustibly inventive, always up to practical jokes and improvisations,” Švenk wrote The Last Cyclist as a searing critique of Holocaust lunacy offered through powerful, poignant evidence of the resistance to the Nazis by Jewish inmates under horrific circumstances. 

Naomi Patz, who adapted this play into its modern form, writes: "Incredibly, Švenk’s play is funny and was meant to be funny. The audiences at Terezín that attended the open rehearsals of The Last Cyclist laughed and today’s audiences are meant to laugh too. But ours is uncomfortable laughter: first because we realize that the play is not a joke but a brave protest against totalitarianism; and, second, because we know the fate of the cast and the rest of the six million Jews murdered during the Holocaust. The play, in a non- confrontational way, makes clear to today’s audiences that it is the personal responsibility of every human being to fight intolerance, prejudice, bullying and racism."

(For more information about Karel Švenk and Naomi Patz's adaptation of his play, click here:

Please contact Cantor Sarah Beck-Berman (click to email, or call 804-358-6757) with questions about the May 1 performance at Congregation Beth Ahabah. 

For more information about Jewish Family Theater or the show in general, please contact Leslie McGuigan (click to email or call 804-545-8644) at the JCC.

Ticket Prices

Attend the performance in-person!

In-person General Tickets: $18/person

In-person Student Tickets: $15/person


Watch a recording of the May 1 performance (stream recording will be available for a limited time after May 1)

Virtual Tickets: $10/person

Purchase Tickets Here!

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In-person performance is complete. The form below will remain open for a limited time to purchase virtual tickets to view the recording of the performance!

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