The Last Cyclist

“The Jews and the cyclists are responsible for all of our misfortunes!”

“Why the cyclists?”

“Why the Jews?”

This bitter joke, well-known and often repeated by Jews in Europe between the First and Second World Wars in Europe, was the starting point for a fascinating play that HERC is proud to bring to Milwaukee in early April. The Last Cyclist is an absurdist cabaret originally written by Karel Švenk in the Terezin Ghetto in 1944, but banned after its dress rehearsal for fear of Nazi reprisals. Švenk died on a forced march a few weeks before the end of the war as the Nazis retreated from the advancing Allied army. He was 28 years old. The play was reconstructed and re-imagined by Naomi Patz. Read the truly amazing story behind the history of the cabaret at Access local media and press coverage by clicking here.

Purchase tickets here or at 414-410-4171 or

Friday, April 5 at 3pm
Saturday, April 6 at 7:30pm
Sunday, April 7 at 2pm
Thursday, April 11 at 7:30pm
Friday, April 12 at 3pm
Saturday, April 13 at 7:40pm
Sunday, April 14 at 2pm

Nancy Kendall Theater in the
Joan Steele Stein Center for Communication Studies/Fine Arts
6801 N Yates Road
Milwaukee, WI 5321

Generously Sponsored by:

Nancy & Jim Barnett
Ettinger Family Foundation


Cardinal Stritch University
Harry & Rose Samson Family JCC