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East of Berlin

East of Berlin

By Hannah Moscovitch
Subjects: Theatre of War, Jewish Theatre, History, Atlantic Playwrights, Nova Scotia, Women Writers
Casting: 1 f, 2 m
Duration: 90 minutes
Imprint: Playwrights Canada Press
Paperback : 9780887548499, 84 pages, May 2009
Ebook (EPUB) : 9781770911581, 84 pages, May 2009
Ebook (PDF) : 9781770911574, 250 pages, May 2009

Awards

  • Nominated, Governor General's Literary Award for Drama 2009
  • Nominated, CAA Carol Bolt Award 2010

Description

Standing outside his father’s study in Paraguay, Rudi is smoking cigarettes, trying to work up the courage to go in. It has been seven years since he stood in that same spot; seven years since he left his family and their history behind him. As a teenager, Rudi discovered that his father was a doctor at Auschwitz. Trying to reconcile his inherited guilt, Rudi lashed out against his family and his friends, and eventually fled to Germany. While there, he follows in his father’s footsteps by studying medicine, and falls in love with Sarah, the daughter of a Holocaust survivor. Questioning redemption, love, guilt, and the sins of the father, East of Berlin is a tour de force that follows Rudi’s emotional upheaval as he comes to terms with a frightening past that was never his own.