Set in 1938 Vienna and London during the Blitzkrieg, “The Pianist of Willesden Lane,” directed by Hershey Felder, tells the true story of Lisa Jura, a young Jewish girl who dreams of being a concert pianist at the storied Musikverein Concert Hall.

Lisa is swept up in a turmoil of world events prior to World War II and transported by the Kindertransport to London. At the age of 14, everything about her life will be overturned except for her love of music and the pursuit of her dream.

Through the sponsorship of Frances and Robert Birmingham, Fontbonne Academy will host Mona Golabek in the drama “The Pianist of Willesden Lane,” at Fontbonne’s CSJ Center on May 2 at an 8 p.m. benefit performance, along with an education program to be offered to over 2,000 local students at three matinee performances on May 2 and 3.

Grammy-nominated Golabek wrote “The Pianist of Willesden Lane” with Lee Cohen to help students understand a critical moment in history. She has performed for more than 400,000 students in London, New York City, Chicago, and Los Angeles. Now in its 24th edition, the play continues to spread its message of the importance of standing up against bigotry and hatred through the transformative power of music.

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