- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 11, 2009

The shooting at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, apparently by a white supremacist, led to the cancellation of the world premiere of a play meant to help stop violence based on race and religion.

The play, “Anne and Emmett,” is an imagined conversation between 14-year-old Holocaust victim Anne Frank and Emmett Till, a 15-year-old black Chicagoan whose 1955 lynching in Mississippi helped spark the civil rights movement. The play explores the “parallels between their lives” and emphasizes the importance of stopping genocide.

The play had been scheduled to debut Wednesday night at the Holocaust museum with Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. among the attendees.

Every attempt will be made to reschedule the performance at the museum, according to a statement from the play’s writer, Janet Langhart Cohen, and her husband, former Defense Secretary William S. Cohen.

Mr. Cohen was nearby when the shooting took place, and Mrs. Cohen was on her way to the museum for the play’s final rehearsal.

“The Cohens and all of tonight’s invited guests offer their prayers to the victims, their concern for all staff and visitors at the museum during this tragedy, and their hopes for a safe and compassionate world,” the statement said.

The play is also scheduled for Friday at George Washington University. That performance is sold out.

Elizabeth Glover contributed to this report.

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