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A Staged Reading of the Play “Letters to Sala”
January 28, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
“Letters to Sala” is a play adapted from the book Sala’s Gift by Sala’s daughter Ann Kirschner. “Letters to Sala” is a remarkable story of a young girl’s survival during wartime Germany. Five Years. Seven Nazi labor campus. Over 350 hidden letters.
“Letters to Sala” draws from the emotional journeys that begin for both Ann and Sala when the letters resurface. Playwright Arlene Hutton drives the two stories to a single question: What is to be done with these letters? If Sala risked her life to hold onto them as a young woman imprisoned in a work camp, are they merely the emotionally rich relics of her past life? Or are they worthy and important historical documents that demand to be shared with the public? Three generations of Kirschner women must work together to sift through the past and come to terms with the true gravity of Sala’s letters.
Written by Arlene Hutton
Published by Dramatists Play Service, Inc.
Directed by Paula Plum
Produced by Erika Koss
Character – Cast Member
Sala – June Lewin
Ann – Linda Goetz
Elizabeth (older daughter) – Lindsey Ruggles
Caroline (younger daughter) – Holly Kapinos
Young Sala – Lydia Barnett-Mulligan
Chana (mother) – Dana Block
Elfriede – Kate Shanahan
Raizel (sister) – Lizzie Milanovich
Blima (sister) – Grace Trapnell
Lucia/Sara – Hayley Sherwood
Frymka/Zusi – Annie Hochheiser
Ala Gertner – Erin Butcher
Chaim Kaufman/Herbert Pache – Adam Strandberg
Sidney Kirschner – Mason Sand
Rachel – Katie Suchyta
Gucia/Layna Dina – Dana Stern
Rozia – Julia Alvarez
Harry Haubenstock – Ethan Koss-Smith
Narrator & Guards – Thomas Grenon
In partnership with Northeastern University’s Department of Theatre