Tags: memory

Adam’s Purim Party [מסיבת הפורים של אדם]

Holocaust survivors invite their relatives to a Purim party, where the survivors put on a play abut the miraculous survival of Jews in Ancient Persia; at the same time, they present stories of their camp experiences and their survival. Adam, one of the survivors, and who was a clown before the war, survived because he willingly served as the commandant’s dog.

For The Greater Good

Charles and Jonah share their memories of a single day, a day they experienced in very different ways, though at the end they connected. A powerful piece about the Holocaust.

I Was A Stranger Too

I Was A Stranger Too tells the story of a Jewish woman in America today who is propelled by the memory of her mother’s rescue from the Holocaust to help people fleeing persecution. As she tries to navigate and understand the complexities of the system, she encounters asylum seekers and asylum helpers along the way. The play is a finalist for the Theatre J Trish Vradenburg Jewish Play Prize and for the Jewish Plays Project 2022. Research was funded by Rimon: The Minnesota Jewish Arts Council.

Table: Classwork [השולחן: עבודת כיתה]

Four witnesses are questioned by an investigator about a roundup by the Gestapo, when 1,300 Jews were murdered. The investigator focuses on a technical detail, a table or desk, which may or may not have been there. The witnesses can't agree if there was a table there, or what size it was. The show focuses on the quality of memory, and the hard time German lawmen gave witnesses, demanding they remember objective and trivial details. The show is held in a classroom.

The Underground [במחתרת]

The third play in the Ghetto Vilna trilogy. During the Gulf war, an old man who was hit from the Iraqi attack arrives at a hospital. The young doctor who treats him finds a personal diary of a doctor who worked in Ghetto Vilna. The play is a flashback, and we see the underground secret hospital in the ghetto, with all the dilemmas that arise in such extreme circumstances: Who should get treatment? How to heal with very little supplies? What to do when an epidemic breaks out? And so on.