Oregon Book Awards Author Tour: Berlin Diary

On October 2 and 3, Literary Arts partnered with Hand2Mouth Theatre to present Berlin Diary by Andrea Stolowitz, a 2017 Oregon Book Award finalist in Drama, to audiences in Eugene at the Oregon Contemporary Theater and at Havurah Shir Hadash in Ashland. 

The great-grandfather of Oregon Book Award-winning playwright Andrea Stolowitz kept a journal for his descendants after escaping to New York City in 1939 as a German Jew. Following the complicated lure of genealogy, Stolowitz goes back to Berlin to bring the story of her unknown ancestors out of the archives into the light. The record keeps as many secrets as it shares; how do people become verschollen, lost, like library books? In this complex, contemporary drama about the search for home, fragmented heritage and Jewish diaspora, two performers scintillate between characters and locations at the border of reality and memory and the intersection of national history and private lives. 

The play was directed by Jonathan Walters and  featured performances by Damon Kupper and Erin Leddy (pictured below). An audience talkback with the actors, director and playwright followed the performance.

Oregon Book Awards Author Tour: Berlin Diary

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