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1932, Berlin…Storytelling Through Stage Play

A Happy End, by Iddo Netanyahu

“The Erdmanns’ life in Berlin is tinged with denial. Not only does acclaimed physicist Mark refuse to admit that his marriage to Leah is coming apart at the seams, but it’s also 1932, and the Erdmanns are Jewish. Family friend Dieter urges them to heed the signs of impending danger and leave while they still can, but Leah considers the city’s cultural scene — and her love affair with Dieter — to be her life. Will the Erdmanns choose to seek an unknown future in America, or will their refusal to see the writing on the wall lead them to stay in Berlin and face certain tragedy?” (from Playscripts)

Storytelling through Documentary

The Women who Saved the Dagan Hillan article, appearing in Ha Mizrachi Combining the genres of drama, memoir-true story, and historical epic, a documentary is yet to be made about this stellar moment in modern Israel, based on the antiquity of bygone eras, linked to Jerusalem. “During the protest, we uncovered man-made shafts in the ground. We called in archeologists to investigate it, and it turns out these shafts were part of an ancient aqueduct system built during the second Temple era, to bring water to Jerusalem – an incredible feat of engineering. The discovery gave us strength; it drove home that these hills belong to us, to our people.” E. H., (appearing in Ha Mizrachi, Chanukah Edition 5784)

1940’s America…Storytelling Through Stage Play

The Accomplices, by Bernard Weintraub

“Based on actual events, The Accomplices centers on Hillel Kook, who arrives in the United States at the beginning of World War II, fresh from the underground resistance to the British in Palestine. Under the alias Peter Bergson, he leads a small group of activists seeking aid for the rescue of Jews in Europe. Bergson is shocked to find his efforts blocked by both the Roosevelt administration and the Jewish establishment.” (from Playbill)