The Berlin Diaries

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,...
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.
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The Berlin Diaries

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  • Brian James Polak:
    29 Aug. 2020
    This brilliant and moving play has etched a permanent spot in my mind. So much of this piece is unique: it's form and style, it's autobiographical nature, the way it explores family history... I am both moved emotionally and inspired artistically by this play. Stolowitz, through the telling of her own specific story, has crafted a wonderful and universal narrative.
  • Claudia Haas:
    12 Feb. 2020
    Research just gives you so much. What if you don’t want information even if it is printed on your DNA? The play is personal, historical, and even frightening in the discoveries. Secrets can be scary. How do you find lost people and reconcile them into your life? There are no easy answers but much to think about.
  • Donna Gordon:
    22 Oct. 2019
    An unusual view of the process involved in writing a researched play. Also Stolowitz uses a dialogue technique that is new and refreshing. Another original: her information about the holocaust. This adds up to a must read and produce.

Development History

  • Workshop
    ,
    PlayPenn
    ,
    2016
  • Workshop
    ,
    New Harmony Project
    ,
    2016
  • Workshop
    ,
    English Theatre Berlin/IPAC
    ,
    2015

Production History

  • Workshop
    ,
    Hand2Mouth Theatre Company
    ,
    2017
  • Workshop
    ,
    English Theatre Berlin/IPAC
    ,
    2016

Awards

Winner
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New York Foundation for the Arts
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NYFA
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2019
Finalist
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Oregon Book Award
,
Literary Arts
,
2017