Danielle Wirsansky

Danielle Wirsansky

Danielle Wirsansky is from Jacksonville, FL. She received a BA in Theatre, a BA in English (Creative Writing) with a minor in History, a Graduate Certificate in Publishing & Editing, and an MA in Modern European History (minor field: public history) from Florida State University.

Danielle currently works as the Project Manager for the Rosenstrasse Foundation and the Early Childhood Education...
Danielle Wirsansky is from Jacksonville, FL. She received a BA in Theatre, a BA in English (Creative Writing) with a minor in History, a Graduate Certificate in Publishing & Editing, and an MA in Modern European History (minor field: public history) from Florida State University.

Danielle currently works as the Project Manager for the Rosenstrasse Foundation and the Early Childhood Education Program Coordinator at the Jewish Community Alliance. Previously she worked as the Associate Managing Director at a regional theater in Vermont. She also founded and served as the Artistic Director of White Mouse Theatre Productions, a theatre company for social change, with a particular focus on using theatre as a platform for public history (2016-2018).

During her graduate studies, she has served as the Communications Officer for the History Graduate Student Association (2016-2018) and the FSU Campus Editor of Uloop News (2015-2018).

Her plays, pieces of public history meant to teach audiences about history, have been performed both nationally and internationally, from Florida State University to the Boston Conservatory at Berklee to the Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust NYC to the Stage Art School in Viborg, Denmark. More information on her work can be found at www.DanielleWirsansky.com.

Plays

  • Sitting Still
    "Sitting Still" chronicles the accomplishments as well as the professional and romantic entanglements of British women medics in the First World War. When WWI erupted, the British government refused to involve women doctors in the war effort; this, despite their high qualifications and the desperate demand for such skilled doctors. The infamous War Office response to the offer of female medics to go...
    "Sitting Still" chronicles the accomplishments as well as the professional and romantic entanglements of British women medics in the First World War. When WWI erupted, the British government refused to involve women doctors in the war effort; this, despite their high qualifications and the desperate demand for such skilled doctors. The infamous War Office response to the offer of female medics to go abroad and provide medical relief was ‘My good lady, go home and sit still’. The play features an entirely female cast and focuses primarily on the fascinating life of Dr. Elsie Inglis, supported by a cast of characters based on the real-life women she worked with including Dr. Flora Murray (a former lover), Dr. Louisa Garret Anderson (Flora’s partner), and Dr. Jessie MacGregor (her business partner), all of whom were prominent lesbians of the time.
  • Shanda
    "Shanda" is about Lily, a history grad student who is desperate to find a dissertation topic. She is introduced to an old man, Fritz, who reveals that he rescued a young Jewish girl during the Holocaust. For her thesis, she decides to nominate him for the Righteous Among the Nation, a prestigious honor for non-Jewish rescuers of the Holocaust. However, only the person who was rescued can nominate...
    "Shanda" is about Lily, a history grad student who is desperate to find a dissertation topic. She is introduced to an old man, Fritz, who reveals that he rescued a young Jewish girl during the Holocaust. For her thesis, she decides to nominate him for the Righteous Among the Nation, a prestigious honor for non-Jewish rescuers of the Holocaust. However, only the person who was rescued can nominate their rescuer. So Lily tracks down Galia and asks her to nominate Fritz, only to have the door slammed in her face and the word “monster” ringing in her ears.

    When her pompous advisor tells her to get the nomination or kiss her spot in the graduate program good bye, Lily presses Fritz and Galia further. She discovers a web of lies and the painful, dark truth of what really happened so long ago. Her discoveries force Lily to confront the parallels between the past and the present, to question long accepted narratives of the Holocaust and the treatment of women, and to learn to stand up not only for herself, but for women everywhere and throughout time.
  • Darling of My Heart
    "Darling of My Heart" is about Deirdre, who has spent her entire life living in her father’s shadow. Controlling and bitter, he has always made her feel as though the troubles in his life were her fault, and she has spent all of her time trying to make up for it. Depressed and more than a little lonely, she is surprised when she is contacted by a secret admirer. As time goes by, Deirdre realizes how...
    "Darling of My Heart" is about Deirdre, who has spent her entire life living in her father’s shadow. Controlling and bitter, he has always made her feel as though the troubles in his life were her fault, and she has spent all of her time trying to make up for it. Depressed and more than a little lonely, she is surprised when she is contacted by a secret admirer. As time goes by, Deirdre realizes how she has been manipulated by all of the men in her life and she must decide whether to forge her own path or succumb.
  • Shadow of Darkness
    An adaptation of the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, the musical follows the romantic relationship between two people living in Germany in 1942: Izaak, an up-and-coming German musician, and Eliora, a Jewish woman, who is living and working illegally after the passing of the Nuremberg Laws. When a miscommunication causes Eliora and the other Jewish women in their village to be imprisoned in Sobibor...
    An adaptation of the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, the musical follows the romantic relationship between two people living in Germany in 1942: Izaak, an up-and-coming German musician, and Eliora, a Jewish woman, who is living and working illegally after the passing of the Nuremberg Laws. When a miscommunication causes Eliora and the other Jewish women in their village to be imprisoned in Sobibor concentration camp, Izaak must use his brother's ties to the Nazi party to find her, battling with his own morals in the process.
  • Tied to a Bugle: The WWII Memoirs of George Aigen
    This is a piece of verbatim theatre created from interviews with George Aigen, a WWII veteran who helped to liberate the concentration camp Dachau. It is written with his permission. This play starts with George's teenage recollections of WWII and then his accounts abroad in the army as an Engineer.
  • Law Makers
    Emmeline Pankhurst  was a British political activist and leader of the British suffragette movement who helped women win the right to vote. Millicent Garrett Fawcett was an English feminist, intellectual, political and union leader, and writer. She is primarily known for her work as a campaigner for women to have the vote.

    The two women headed different suffragette organizations and had very...
    Emmeline Pankhurst  was a British political activist and leader of the British suffragette movement who helped women win the right to vote. Millicent Garrett Fawcett was an English feminist, intellectual, political and union leader, and writer. She is primarily known for her work as a campaigner for women to have the vote.

    The two women headed different suffragette organizations and had very different tactics in trying to gain women the right to vote. They started off in the same organization but Millicent left and formed her own organization when Emmeline took over and began using militant tactics.

    This play is an imagined meeting between the two of them before they became more publicly ostracized.
  • White Mouse
    "White Mouse" is a play about real life WWII spy, Nancy Wake, who became the Gestapo's most wanted woman during the war. The play is a snapshot into the real life raid she led on Gestapo headquarters in Montlucon, infusing her own words and account into the tale.
  • Alarm of the People
    Alarm of the People is an imagined confrontation between real life serial killer, Marcel Petiot, and a young police officer. The two play a dangerous game of cat and mouse amidst carnage, each looking for answers from the other. Trying to pry secrets from each other, it quickly becomes very unclear just who the cat is and who is the mouse.
  • Holocaust Syndrome
    Golda Meir was a tough and shrewd woman-- she had to be as the first female prime minister of Israel. She was with Israel before it had even become a country, and serving her people's interests was her passion. When a young, naive woman confronts Golda about the decisions she has made, Golda feels compelled to defend herself and the actions she took to guide a young nation.
  • The Vulgarity of Grace
    The Vulgarity of Grace is about Gracia Mendes Nasi of 1500s Europe. It has 2w/1m and runs about 20 minutes. The play showcases a pivotal moment of the Mendes sisters relationship where Reyna (Gracia's sister) discovers that her husband, after his death, has left control of his business to Gracia instead. Gracia was one of the first women in Europe to have a position of power, as a business woman, outside of a husband's grasp.
  • When the Cat's Away
    Inspired by the words and experiences of Carmen Contreras-Bozak, one of the few Puerto Rican women who enlisted in the American military during WWII, "When the Cat's Away" is an exploration of the taboo subject of suicide, especially in the military. Using her culture as an outlet to celebrate life, she makes the case to Amelia, her sister in arms, to choose life over death, especially in the face of fear.
  • War Council
    "War Council" takes a look at one of the pivotal moments in the life of Charity Adams Earley, the first first African-American woman to be an officer in the U.S. Army's Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC). When a general tries to court-martial her for defending the battalion she led, she and the women she lead came together to to fight the racism rampant in the military during WWII.
  • Moon Rabbit
    "Moon Rabbit" is a short play about real life WWII spy, Noor Inayat Khan, imagining what her interview to become a spy was like. The play integrates elements of Khan's life and her own words to retell the myth of the rabbit and why it's image was ingrained on the moon.
  • Devil on the Wall
    Devil on the Wall is about Hannah Szenes, who was a real life spy for the British during WWII. This ten minute play
    gives a snap shot into one night of her life after she has been captured by Gestapo forces and depicts Hannah making the hardest choice of her life.
  • Infinity of Delight
    Infinity of Delight tells the story of Susan Travers and Colonel Marie Pierre Koenig during WWII. It highlights their whirlwind romance and explores the fragility of love and how love means different things to different people.
  • Heartbeats
    Heartbeats is about the uncertainty women in combat during WWII felt and how war can provide moments and relationships of intimacy that otherwise would be impossible. It is a representation of a moment in the life of real life Soviet soldiers, Natalia Peshkova and Galya Tchaikovskaya, in the 1940s.
  • Every Rose
    A young woman is hauled to a French prison, tortured, interrogated, and accused of being a spy. It takes all of
    her wits to keep herself safe... as well as her secrets. Based on the real life story of Eileen Nearne, a spy for the British in WWII.
  • Million Dollar Wound
    Million Dollar Wounds is about Elsie Ott, the nurse during WWII that was assigned to the first medical evacuation flight in history-- with only 24 hours notice, having never flown before, with no medical equipment or assistance, and patients with a motley variety of injuries, diseases, and mental illnesses. The play delves into how war can provide moments and relationships of intimacy and camaraderie between...
    Million Dollar Wounds is about Elsie Ott, the nurse during WWII that was assigned to the first medical evacuation flight in history-- with only 24 hours notice, having never flown before, with no medical equipment or assistance, and patients with a motley variety of injuries, diseases, and mental illnesses. The play delves into how war can provide moments and relationships of intimacy and camaraderie between people from all walks of life and how even in darkness, light and new life can be found. You can see a simple production of it at a festival at Florida State University (start at 45:52-52:50) here: https://youtu.be/Zb9uDgMAzdM
  • All the Rice Paddies in the World
    "All the Rice Paddies in the World" is based on the true story of Grace Harada, a Japanese American in the 1940s, who was torn between her heritage and her citizenship. She decides to fight to find her place in a country that has turned its back on her.
  • Down We Go
    "Down We Go" is about two young women who have to confront their uncertainties about their ideals, their jobs, their mission, and even their very identities as they fly out to parachute into Occupied France during WWII. In the last moments they get to spend as themselves before facing an interminable period as spies, using aliases and code names, Lisse and Andree discover what they are made of, who...
    "Down We Go" is about two young women who have to confront their uncertainties about their ideals, their jobs, their mission, and even their very identities as they fly out to parachute into Occupied France during WWII. In the last moments they get to spend as themselves before facing an interminable period as spies, using aliases and code names, Lisse and Andree discover what they are made of, who they really are, and what kind of women they have the potential to be.
  • The Curse of Eve
    "The Curse of Eve," is an imagining of the real events in 1890 that took place when Elsie Inglis splintered off from Sophie Jex-Blake's School of Medicine and started her own. Inglis did so as an act of defense of other women doctors, championing their cause. Both women were high-profile lesbians of the time.
  • They Call Me Perseverant
    "They Call Me Perseverant" is a snapshot in the life of real Chinese American Pilot in the United State military, Hazel Ying Lee, after her plane crashes in a field in Midwestern America and must convince the landowners she is an American patriot and not the enemy invading.
  • Monkeys in a Zoo
    First Lieutenant Reba Zitella Whittle was a member of the United States Army Nurse Corps during World War II. She became the only American military female prisoner of war in the European Theater after her casualty evacuation aircraft was shot down in September 1944.
  • Mr. Yo Mama
    A young child is being bullied relentlessly until a new kind of super hero... Mr. Yo Mama.... steps in to save the day. Mr. Yo Mama defends those in need with yo mama jokes, settling the age old dilemma: sticks and stones may break my bones or do words cut even deeper?