Steal A Pencil For Me, a new opera with music by Gerald Cohen and libretto by Deborah Brevoort, will have its Premiere on Sunday April 28, 2 PM at Shaarei Tikvah Congregation, 46 Fox Meadow Road in Scarsdale, NY and on Tuesday April 30, 7 PM. at Feinberg Auditorium of Jewish Theological Seminary, 3080 Broadway (at 122nd St.) in New York, NY. These will be semi-staged concert opera performances.

Based on the book of the same title by Jaap Polak and Ina Soep Polak, Steal A Pencil For Me is a love story set in two concentration camps during World War II. It is based on the true story of the Polaks, whom Gerald Cohen has known for the last 25 years, and who just celebrated their 100th and 90th birthdays. The Polaks will be in attendance at each performance.

Tickets for the April 28 performance are $30 at the door; $25 in advance; $15 for seniors and $10 for students. For more information, contact (914) 472-2013 or

Tickets for the April 30 performance are available at, and are $25 in advance, $30 at the door; $15 for seniors; free for students with valid ID.

More about the piece, composer Gerald Cohen, librettist Deborah Brevoort and background for the project at

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