Tags: letters


Ted Rosenthal was inspired to write DEAR ERICH when he discovered over 200 letters (subsequently translated by Dr. Peter Schmidt) written in Germany between 1938 and 1941 by his grandmother, Herta Rosenthal, to his father, Erich, a Jewish scholar who escaped to the United States. Set in wartime Germany and Chicago, Rosenthal, a winner of the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition, employs the musical idioms of the 1930’s and 40’s to create this poignant retelling of his own family history - the heartbreaking story of a family’s dual fates – a son’s journey and new life in the New World, and the cruel demise of his family at the hands of the Nazis which he was powerless to stop.

Letters From Prague

Jason Slavick is bringing his late mother-in-law Raya Schapiro’s 2006 memoir, “Letters From Prague,” to the stage. The memoir is based on a bundle of letters Schapiro’s family discovered cleaning out her apartment in 1988. Slavick was taken with the correspondence between Schapiro’s parents in Chicago and her grandmother and uncle stranded in Prague during the Holocaust. He immediately began thinking of how to transform the letters into a play. To that end, Slavick has been incubating the piece for over 15 years, recently having the opportunity to work on it more consistently during the pandemic. Although “Letters From Prague” as a play is still a work in progress, Slavick will present an abbreviated stage reading at Gann Academy on the eve of Yom HaShoah.

Letters to Sala

On the eve of heart surgery Sala suddenly presents her daughter, Ann Kirschner, with a priceless collection of 350 letters and photographs that she risked her life to preserve during five brutal years as a prisoner in seven different Nazi forced-labor camps, revealing a secret she has kept hidden from her family for nearly fifty years.

The Lucky Star

The discovery of a stash of letters stamped with swastikas opens clues to an untold family history spanning multiple generations in The Lucky Star – the gripping true story of resilience and truth-tracking determination spanning Baltimore and beyond. Richard Hollander’s book Every Day Lasts a Year: A Jewish Family’s Correspondence from Poland is brought to the stage in this mesmerizing new adaptation that restores a family’s uncharted legacy – celebrated by revelation and remembrance. Previously titled The Book of Joseph.