Saint John Theatre Company will host open auditions January 7 & 8, 2017.
East of Berlin: A Holocaust play from a different perspective. By Hannah Moscovitch / Directed by Andrea Arbour.
Questioning redemption, love, guilt, and the sins of the father.
Performance dates: April 5-8, 2017 (part of the SJTC Studio Series)
East of Berlin examines the next generation of Germans, those whose parents were members of the Nazi party and who resettled in Paraguay.
Standing outside his father’s study, 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. 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.
Rudi – looks early-to-mid-twenties. The story unfolds through Rudi, who often speaks directly to the audience.
Hermann – looks early-to-mid-twenties. Rudi’s school-mate and friend who is an intellectual and is rumored to be gay.
Sarah – looks early-to-mid-twenties. Sarah is of German Jewish descent, she has traveled from America to study University in Germany.