‘Janka’ returns to Fresno

You can win a pair of tickets to the Feb. 7 performance at 2nd Space Theatre

A few weeks ago I told you about an opportunity to attend the one-woman show “Janka” in Visalia. Now’s your chance to see it in Fresno. The show, starring Janice Noga and written by her husband, Oscar Speace, will be performed 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7, at the 2nd Space Theatre.

Janka-Janice NY Production
New York production: Janice Noga plays the title role in “Janka.”

As I wrote in that earlier post, Noga for more than a decade has been perfecting her role in the one-woman show about her mother-in-law, Janka Festinger Speace, who survived a Nazi concentration camp. Speace wrote the play about his mother using original source materials, and the pair have toured with it across the nation and around the world. In 2015, I got the opportunity to follow “Janka” to New York City, where Noga and Speace fulfilled a lifelong dream of having the play produced in the nation’s theater capital with a professional director and designers. Many Fresno-area supporters contributed financially to send the show to New York through the Fresno Arts Council, which acts as The Janka Project’s fiscal sponsor.


You can win a pair of tickets to the Feb. 7 performance of “Janka” at the 2nd Space Theatre. To enter, leave a comment on this post saying why you’d like to attend. The winner will be selected at random and notified by email. Deadline to enter is 3 p.m. Monday, Feb. 5. 


Many people in years past have seen “Janka” locally, but few got to see the show in New York, where it was revamped. Those New York changes have been incorporated into the production. Proceeds from the performances will benefit GCP’s Junior Company, United Cerebral Palsy of Central California and the Fresno Arts Council.

I caught up with Noga to learn more about the Fresno performance:

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