As the Goldberg family is scattered by war and deportation, Sol’s mother gives him fatal advice. “Survive. At all costs”
Taking her word to its limit, Sol relinquishes his roots, his love, his art, his baby sister Anya, and his humanity, to stay out of the tireless Nazi furnaces.
Can Hilda, by herself becoming a Jew, find him and Anya and save them from the jaws of hell? Or has Sol already entered and made himself… at home?
1938. Sol is the pianist big brother, heir to the ancient Family Torah, all 304,805 handwritten characters of it, and Anya is his talented little sister. Together they live with their mother Martha, in prewar Frankfurt.
And Sol is in love. With Hilda, violinist in the same orchestra, and daughter of local Nazi chief Klaus Brandt.
But life for Martha and her Frankfurt family is about to change. With life for Jews already harsh, the assassination of the German ambassador in Paris by a Jewish activist is enough for Hitler to unleash his SS attack dogs on Jews across the country. The November Progrom, Kristallnacht, is followed by deportations, expropriation of Jewish-owned properties and further tightening of anti-Jewish laws.
As the war takes hold of Germany, both Sol and Hilda must make terrible choices.
Sol has fake Aryan papers, but to really pass as a Good German he must demonstrate, in chilling form, his loyalty to the Reich. Hilda, defies her father and switches identity to a Jew, to go in search of Sol whom she assumes deported. Martha and Anya are meanwhile separated and we don’t know if we’ll ever see any of them again.
Finally, in Czechoslovakia, at a concentration camp at Theresienstadt, where many of Germany’s best Jewish artists have been corralled, strange reunions take place, and darkly-surreal artworks are commissioned.
As secret identities, propaganda and deceptions run deep in the Nazi system, so it also runs through the network of those who would survive the killing machine.
Written (and directed) by Jonathan Brown
Production location: Rehearsals in Brighton, Lewes (STARTED! Feb, Mar, Apr) Then 20 ish Performances across sussex, London, Dorset, Cornwall, Bristol. See “What’s ON” Page on website.
Dates of production: Perfs most weekends May and June, 2016.
Characters: SOL GOLDBERG – MID 20’S MALE. White.
HILDA BRANDT – MID 20’S FEMALE, white
GUSTAV – MID 20’S MALE, white
ANYA GOLDBERG – 12 YR OLD JEWISH GIRL WHEN WE MEET HER. SISTER TO SOL. white
MARTHA GOLDBERG / RCW (RED CROSS WOMAN) – 50’S WOMAN. white
KLAUS BRANDT – 50’S MAN, FATHER TO HILDA.white
ROTTENFÜHRER SCHULZ – 30-60’S MAN. white
WILLY / SOLCHECK – 20’S TO 40’S MALE white (Willy is a German lower ranking guard, Solcheck is a Russian soldier)
FREDDY / KARL – 20’S TO 40’S MALE white (Freddy is a German lower ranking guard, Karl is a Russian soldier)
OTHER – GELDA AND OTHER WOMEN IN GUSTAV’S ENTOURAGE.
Audition date(s): Ongoing
How to apply: Please contact Jonathan with links to online profile, or a cv, inc. acting age, and experience. Thank you
Application deadline: Mar 2016