In the first half of the 20th century, no incident was more representative of both the United States’ controversial immigration policy and the Cuban government’s staggering apathy than the island nation’s refusal in 1939 to allow 937 passengers on the MS St. Louis, most of them Jewish refugees fleeing Nazi Germany, to land in Havana.
Most of the refugees failed to find safe harbor and were forced to return to the terrifying Europe of Hitler’s time.
Harbor of Broken Glass, a play in Spanish with English supertitles, produced by Teatro Avante, was inspired by this tragic event. The work was written by Mario Ernesto Sánchez and Patricia Suárez, and directed by Mario Ernesto Sánchez, and was produced at the Carnival Studio Theater of the Adrienne Arsht Center.
FANs attended on Thursday, July 21, 2016. And to make the experience even more meaningful, survivors were in the audience.
Dinner preceded the show at Books and Books at the Arsht Center, Carnival Tower. Hosts for this meaningful cultural camaraderie event were Mary Brenner and Barbara Bargman.