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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  • Emma Goldman-Sherman:
    25 Nov. 2018
    Fascinating story of Andrea's search for her family history in Berlin and how trauma can be passed down even without specific incident. I particularly love the way she uses two actors to tell this many-character'd story - it is so open to interpretation and so produce-able!
  • Kathleen Jones:
    1 Jun. 2018
    I absolutely love this play. I came across it in the library at New Dramatists and just couldn't put it down. Such a moving, personal story about the family and Holocaust's far-reaching devastation. I loved how simple and theatrical Stolowitz's language is. Thank you for such a beautiful story.

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

Finalist
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Oregon Book Award
,
Literary Arts
,
2017