Please be our guest

A Night at the Theatre sponsored by the Alumni Association,
President’s Circle, and Wellspring Society

A special invitation to those who love and support Seattle Pacific University

Friday, April 19
6 p.m. Hors d'oeuvres, Gazebo Room, Student Union Building
7:30 p.m. Play

E.E. Bach Theatre
Cost: $15/person


For waitlist information, call 206-281-2587. For tickets to a different showing, call the Box Office at 206-281-2959, or visit

This Inaugural Year academic showcase is brought to you by the SPU Alumni Association in partnership with the Wellspring Society and the President’s Circle.


Letters to Sala

A play by Arlene Hutton, directed by George Scranton ‘69

based on the book, Sala’s Gift: My Mother’s Holocaust Story by Ann Kirschner

And in Kreider Gallery downstairs, "Letters to Sala: A Young Woman's Life in Nazi Labor Camps,"
facsimiles of the original letters, on loan from New York Public Library and the French Children of the Holocaust Foundation.


"Letters to Sala"

In 1940, Sala Garncarz was 16 years old and living in war-torn Europe. For the next five years, she was interned in labor camps in Germany, Poland, and Czechoslovakia. While there, friends and family sent her more than 300 letters – many smuggled in. Those letters, she said years later, gave her the strength to survive.

Sala hid those letters for decades following her liberation, finally sharing them with her daughter, Ann Kirschner. Arlene Hutton's stage adaptation dramatizes the content of those letters.

An Inaugural Year Event

The SPU Alumni Association is pleased to host this evening during this Inaugural Year.
On April 2, Seattle Pacific University inaugurated its 10th president, Daniel J. Martin, whose first priority is “Advancing Our Mission.” Join President Martin in this opportunity to engage the community around Sala's thought-provoking story.

Meet the Author and Playwright, and See a Special Gallery Showing

Talk to the creative minds behind "Letters to Sala" — author Ann Kirschner and playwright Arlene Hutton — at a pre-play reception and post-play talk-back session. You are also invited to the theatre’s Kreider Gallery to view the special display, “Letters to Sala: A Young Woman’s Life in Nazi Labor Camps.”

Your Evening Includes

This event is sold out. For tickets to a different showing, call the Box Office at 206-281-2959, or visit