Tags: Memoirs

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.