On Stage July 11-21, 2024

Stageworks Theatre

Irena’s Vow by Dan Gordon is a compelling drama that tells the true story of Irena Gut Opdyke, a courageous Polish woman who risked her life during World War II to save Jewish refugees. Set in Nazi-occupied Poland, the play explores Irena’s remarkable journey as she hides and protects a group of Jews in the basement of a German officer’s home, where she works as a housekeeper. This gripping and emotionally charged story highlights themes of bravery, compassion, and the resilience of the human spirit in the face of unimaginable adversity. Irena’s Vow is a testament to the extraordinary acts of heroism that can emerge from the darkest moments in history.

Content Warnings:  Mentions of violence, Anti-semitism, and rape

Roxanne Fay as Irena

Ron Nummi as Major Rugemer

Will Chamblee as Lazar

Courtney Holifield as Ida

Holly Marie Weber as Fanka

Dialect Coach

Jakob Nordstrom as Schultz, et al

Nick Noelte as Rokita, et al

Talia Fish as Helen, et al

Georgios Tsambis-Weisner as Roman, et al

Director Clareann Despain

Stage Manager Brianna Brand

Dramaturge James Newton Brophy

Technical Director Chris Corley

Costumes Ami Sallee

Lighting CJ Marshall

Join Powerstories for an exclusive free Meet and Greet limited to 50 guests. Meet the talented cast of Irena’s Vow, and get a mini-preview of a true story that promises to stir your soul and ignite conversations, before they take to the stage on July 11-21. Free event, but RSVP is required.

Date: Sunday, June 23
Time: 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Address: JCCs and Federation Cohen Campus, 13009 Community Campus Drive, Tampa, FL 33625

Meet the Cast and Crew: Share a moment with the brilliant talents who bring the story of Irena to life.
Savor the Artistry: Enjoy a curated display of inspiring artwork by our gifted youth artists, past winners of the Shine a Light on Antisemitism art contest.
Taste the Delight: Indulge in a light meal.
Secure Your Seat: Purchase tickets for Irena’s Vow and ensure you’re part of this unforgettable journey.
Save: Buy your tickets with a special discount only available to event guests.

Tickets on Sale Now and During the Event!

Come for the art, stay for the heart. Let’s celebrate the power of true storytelling together!

Join us on opening night for a Pre-Show VIP Reception. Limited to 50 ticketholders. 

We’re excited to welcome you to a special gathering on Thursday evening from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM to celebrate the opening night. Fifty guests will have the opportunity to savor delightful offerings from Campbell River Cheese and Charcuterie and toast to the upcoming performance. Following the reception, please join us in the theatre for the presentation of “Irena’s Vow.”

Get your VIP Reception and Performance Tickets here:  https://mytbtickets.com/events/irenas-vow-opening-night-reception-7-11-2024

Join us on opening night and stay for the talkback 

Ursula Szczepinska is the Director of Education & Research at The Florida Holocaust Museum. Prior to joining The FHM 20 years ago, she worked at the Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw and at the State Museum at Majdanek on site of the former Nazi concentration and death camp in Lublin, Poland. At both organizations, she worked with unpublished testimony, conducted research, and designed primary source-based resources. As the head of The FHM’s Education and Research Department, Ursula is responsible for teacher, student, and community education. Ursula teaches classes for educators and students K-12 and university level. She conducts archival and historical research for Holocaust survivors as well as for exhibitions and other projects at The FHM. Through research, she has helped survivors discover the fate of their loved ones during the Holocaust. She leads the “Shoah Victims’ Names Recovery Project” at The FHM in cooperation with Yad Vashem – she has collected and submitted over 700 Pages of Testimony from local survivors with data about victims who perished in the Holocaust. She received the 2011 “Outstanding Achievement Award” from the Florida Association of Museums for her contributions to Yad Vashem’s Shoah Victims’ Names Recovery Project. Ursula is the author of study guides and other educational resources. She interviews Holocaust survivors for The FHM’s archives and for the interactive Dimensions in Testimony project. Ursula presented at conferences organized by the Association of Holocaust Organizations, Florida Association of Museums, International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, Florida Council for the Social Studies, and others. In partnership with the Anti-Defamation League and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, she piloted in Florida the “Law Enforcement and Society: Lessons of the Holocaust” program for police agencies across the state and has been teaching it since 2014.

Powerstories is working with local restaurants near Stageworks to give you the opportunity for a discounted dinner before or after IRENA’S VOW during the show’s run of July 10-21. We will update the website with links and locations to partnering restaurants.

Our first partner is Maloney’s Local Irish Pub, 1120 E Kennedy Blvd., Tampa.

Patrons save 15% off your bill with your digital/print ticket before the show or your playbill after the show.


Hours of Operation: Monday – Sunday – 11:00 am until 12:00 am

Powerstories Theatre is thrilled to announce our partnership with Tampa JCCs & Federation! Together, we’re shining a light on an important issue through art.

Shine A Light on Antisemitism Youth Art Contest  

The Shine a Light Youth Art Contest was created for students in grades 4-12 to raise awareness and empower individuals to stand against the hatred of Jewish people as well as mitigate ignorance through the power of art. Students of all backgrounds were encouraged to participate. A panel of judges reviewed the entries for a number of features, including written interpretation, addressing combatting antisemitism, depth of feeling, originality, imagination, creativity, and craftsmanship.

The top entries were revealed during a reception on May 6th that celebrated the students’ talents.

Powerstories Theatre will showcase the incredible works of nine young artists, the top three in each youth category, who have boldly expressed their perspectives on combating antisemitism. Their creativity and passion resonate deeply with our upcoming play, “Irena’s Vow.”

Join us for this powerful exhibition in Stagework Theatre’s lobby during the run of the play and witness the impact of art in fostering understanding and unity.

Senior Division Winners

Work will be displayed at Stageworks Theatre

Junior Division Winners

Work will be displayed at Stageworks Theatre

Primary Division Winners

Work will be displayed at Stageworks Theatre