The Obligation


Brief synopsis: Schmuel Berkowicz, an Auschwitz survivor is speaking to students in a college auditorium. As his testimony unfolds, different people he encounters, before, during and after the war, come to life including: a German half-Jew who was a First Lieutenant in the Wehrmacht; a Groucho Marx-esque American-Jewish comedian (The Chorus) who leavens the drama with acerbic commentary, probing the boundary between the absurd and the horrific; and an SS General who reminds the audience how quickly and alarmingly our contemporary world is erasing and sanctioning the dark history that produced him.
Format: Full Length One Person Play
Cast Size: 1M
Character breakdown

Schmuel Berkowicz


Original or Prominent Production: Potrero Stage, San Francisco (2017. 2018)
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Original Language: English
Production Rights Holder:

Roger Grunwald

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