East of Berlin | Essential Collective Theatre

Essential Collective Theatre Present’s East of Berlin by Hannah Moscovitch

Our production raises questions about not only the culpability of those responsible for horrific crimes against humanity, but also illustrates the effects on future generations and reminds us that “Those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it”. Sadly, this message at this time in history is still an important one.

About the Play:
As a teenager, Rudi discovers that his father worked at Auschwitz.Trying to reconcile his inherited guilt, he turns his back on those closest to him and flees to Germany. While there, he starts a relationship with Sarah, the daughter of a Holocaust survivor. Questioning redemption, love, guilt, and the sins of the father, East of Berlin follows Rudi’s emotional upheaval as he comes to terms with a frightening past.

About the Playwright:
Hannah’s writing for the stage includes Essay,The Russian Play, East of Berlin,The Mill Part II: The Huron Bride,The Children’s Republic,Little One, and In This World (for young audiences). Hannah’s plays have been produced across the country, including recently at the Shaw Festival, and Tarragon Theatre in Toronto where she is currently playwright-in-residence, the Factory Theatre, Alberta Theatre Projects, Manitoba Theatre Centre, Great Canadian Theatre Company, and the Magnetic North Theatre Festival. Hannah’s work has won multiple Dora Awards and she’s been nominated for the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Carol Bolt Award, and the international Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. Hannah is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada and attended the University of Toronto.


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