East of Berlin


Standing outside his father’s study in Paraguay, Rudi is smoking cigarettes, trying to work up the courage to go in. It has been seven years since he left his family and their history behind him. As a teenager, Rudi discovered that his father was a doctor at Auschwitz. Trying to reconcile his inherited guilt, Rudi lashes out against his father and his friends, and eventually flees to Germany. While there, he follows in his father’s footsteps by studying medicine and falls in love with Sarah, the daughter of a Holocaust survivor. Questioning redemption, love, guilt, and the sins of the father, East of Berlin is a tour de force that follows Rudi’s emotional upheaval as he comes to terms with a frightening past that was never his own.
Format: One-act drama
Cast Size: 2M/1F
Running time: 90 minutes


Original or Prominent Production: Tarragon Theatre, Toronto, Canada, fall 2007 and 2009, winter 2010.
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Original Language: English
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See Hannah Moscovitch at Playwrights Guild of Canada.

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