I Was A Stranger Too

An American woman, propelled by the memory of her mother's rescue from the Holocaust, is drawn to help asylum seekers in the U.S. As she attempts to understand and navigate the asylum system of the 21st century, she encounters both helpers and people fleeing persecution, eventually connecting with a lesbian escaping danger, while stories unfold in monologues by a range of characters -- an accompaniment...
An American woman, propelled by the memory of her mother's rescue from the Holocaust, is drawn to help asylum seekers in the U.S. As she attempts to understand and navigate the asylum system of the 21st century, she encounters both helpers and people fleeing persecution, eventually connecting with a lesbian escaping danger, while stories unfold in monologues by a range of characters -- an accompaniment trainer, a lawyer working on the border, a Russian lesbian, the director of a safe house for asylum seekers, a South American woman seeking refuge with her daughter, a Middle Eastern man forced to find a new home, a woman from Cameroon, a former child refugee who heads an organization for Asian Americans. The play is based on extensive first-person interviews. 8w, 1m (some doubling is possible).

Development:
Excerpt: Jewish Play Project audio cast
Excerpt: Remember the Women Institute Zoom
Theatre Unbound (postponed, Covid)
Play Readings With Friends

Semi-finalist: O'Neill Theatre Center Playwrights Conference

Finalist Selection, Jewish Plays Project 2022
“This play is gorgeous, with a depth of character and a beautiful economy of words. The engagement of Jewish history and ethics in allyship with new immigrants hits exactly the sweet spot of the JPP’s mission.” David Winitsky, Artistic Director, JPP

Finalist for the Theater J Trish Vradenburg Jewish Play Prize 2021
"What a rich and important play.... When I think about politics and art colliding, I imagine this play and the impact it could have. It's an incredibly powerful piece of work." ~Adam Immerwahr, Artistic Director, Theatre J
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I Was A Stranger Too

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  • Emma Goldman-Sherman:
    27 Apr. 2022
    This is such a timely and necessary play with many urgent voices!

Production History

  • Workshop
    ,
    Remember the Women Institute
    ,
    2022

Awards

Finalist
,
Jewish Plays Project
,
11th Annual Jewish Playwriting Contest
,
2022
Semi-Finalist
,
National Playwrights Conference
,
O'Neill Theatre Center
,
2022
Finalist
,
Trish Vradenburg Jewish Play Prize
,
Theatre J
,
2021