The Sparks Fly Upward

Independently Produced

Cleveland (East Side), OH

Written and composed by Cathy Lesser Mansfield

June 9 - June 12, 2022

Show Description:

The Sparks Fly Upward begins on October 28, 1938 with the deportation of Polish Jews residing in Germany to Poland, and concludes with the liberation of Berlin in May 1945 and the re-dedication of the Neue Synagogue in Berlin in 1995. At times the families turn to the Book of Job for diversion, reassurance, and enlightenment. Job’s suffering, and the contest between good and evil represented in his story, are reflected in the lives of the characters, who boldly face the question of man’s obligation to man in times of moral and political crisis.

The Sparks Fly Upward, told completely through lush music and rich lyrics, is a story of courage, friendship, love, faith, hope and the power of one person to alter the course of another’s life. Set in Nazi Germany, The Sparks Fly Upward is woven from the stories of those who were there.

Staff and Cast

Directed by Jeffrey Lesser
Conducted by Daniel Singer
Featuring Cantor Kathy Wolfe Sebo



7:30pm Thursday
7:30pm Friday
7:30pm Saturday
2pm Sunday


$65 - $100 (In-Person)
$25 (Livestream)

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Health and Safety Guidelines

Individuals attending Case Western Reserve events are expected to be fully vaccinated, including booster if eligible. Masks are not required at this time, but we respect the choices of those who elect to wear them. University leaders continue to monitor pandemic developments and will adjust health protocols as circumstances warrant. Masks are available to all of our patrons.

Content Advisories

This production has no content advisories.


Maltz Performing Arts Center
1855 Ansel Rd.
Cleveland, OH 44106