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"Satire born in the face of horror." – New York Times

Reconstructed and reimagined by Naomi Patz, The Last Cyclist is based on a 1944 cabaret, written by Karel Svenk in the Terezìn Concentration Camp. The scathing satire was shut down before it could be performed, not surprising given its not-so-subtle political and emotional commentary. In this unique and provocative performance on the Nancy Kendall Theater stage, spectators are invited inside the make-shift rehearsal space to bear witness to a show that never had an audience.

‘The Last Cyclist’ will be presented in collaboration with the Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center and the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center and features professional actors and theater artists working alongside Stritch students to perform this unique and powerful piece. 

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Learn more about the history behind this amazing play

Performance Schedule


The Last Cyclist is performed in the Nancy Kendall Mainstage Theater 
in the Joan Steele Stein Center for Communication Studies/Fine Arts building on the Cardinal Stritch University campus.  Tickets are still available for pick up in the Box Office at the front of the Nancy Kendall Theater.


The Cardinal Stritch University Performing Arts Season presents an intriguing blend of productions and events that highlight artistry and academic process. Contact or call (414) 410-4171 for ticket and performance information.


  • Randall T. Anderson – Jiri, Hitler, Rat
  • Marcee Doherty-Elst – Elena, Ma'am
  • Laura Ellingen – Marianna, Head Physician, Lunatic 3
  • Leslie Fitzwater – Franta, Mrs. Manickova, Rich
  • Andres Hernandez – Tomas, Celery, Young Man, Other Cyclist
  • Monty Kane – Ota, Opportunist
  • Joel Kopischke – Svenk, Abeles
  • Maggie Marks – Zusana, Lunatic 2
  • Laura Monagle – Jana, Manicka
  • Nick Narcisi – Leo, Lunatic 1
  • Amanda Richards – Eva, Big Shot, Lunatic 4
  • Donnie Williams – Pavel, Red, Sweep, Mr. Hippo


  • Mark Boergers - Director
  • Sarah Acker - Stage Manager
  • Braydon Shewczyk - Student Stage Manager
  • Lucy Hartnell - Student Assistant Stage Manager
  • Greg Kaye - Set Designer/Technical Director
  • Kristina Van Slyke - Costume Designer
  • Dinah K. Aming'a- Assistant Costume Designer 
  • Jeanne Schrank - Costume Shop Supervisor
  • Andrew Schmitz - Lighting Designer
  • Dan Haumschild - HERC fellow and dramaturg
  • Sarah Burger - Sound Designer
  • Katrina Hermann - Props Master
  • Abi Michalski - Props Master
  • Jacob Gaeth - Master Electrician

Theater Performance: The Last Cyclist

Date(s) / Time(s)
DetailsJoan Steele Stein Center for Communication Studies/Fine Arts Nancy Kendall Mainstage Theater Campus Map
Parking InfoFree parking available in lots 5 and 8.
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