November 13th, 2010 - December 18th, 2010

at Viaduct Studio Theatre

Jeff Recommended!

Can a secret keep you alive? This deceptively simple play begins with several actors rehearsing in a room and expands to examine holocaust era Berlin and modern-day Israel and Palestine.  The play seems to be about a man who questions his estranged grandmother about the validity of a long-held family legend.  But ultimately, the play becomes about history, and the ways that humanity uses its art, its secrets and its memories to shape the history of our families, ourselves and our societies.  Featuring Brenda Barrie, Tony Bozzuto, Patrick De Nicola, Bilal Dardai, Shane Michael Murphy, Samuel Buti, and Josh Hambrock.




“[Playwright] Jonathan Lichtenstein deals far less in provocation than in how we reconstruct the past in order to survive what is too painful to contemplate.”

“Matthew Reeder’s taut and exceedingly well-acted BackStage Theatre Company production … becomes a passionate and sorrowful portrait of worlds and minds divided. Brenda Barrie is enthralling as Eva, an East German Holocaust survivor, and Bilal Dardai and Samuel Buti find communion as a Palestinian on the verge of being displaced and an Israeli soldier reluctantly carrying out the eviction order.”

- Kerry Reid, Chicago Reader (Read the full review)

“An indisputably haunting new production by the BackStage Theatre Company.”

“Barrie is so wrenchingly truthful, and the capable Lichtenstein is shrewdly and openly probing the issues that always comes up about the Holocaust.”

“Barrie, gives her compelling character every ounce of her empathy, indignation and, most important, her theatrical turmoil.”

- Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune (Read the full review)

Cast & Crew

Matthew Reeder


Jen Poulin

Stage Manager

Heath Hays

Scenic & Lighting Design

Samuel Buti - Company

Bilal Dardai - Company

Josh Hambrock - Company

Shane Michael Murphy - Company

Angela Campos - Properties Designer

Ben Jacobson - Dramaturg

Stephen Ptacek - Sound Designer

Marisa Williams - Costume Designer

One Response to “2010 – Memory”

  1. Dana Kaye says:

    I saw the show for the first time on Sunday and was blown away by the performance. As a Jew, I grew up hearing Holocaust survivors tell their stories. I’ve seen countless documentaries about Nazis and photos of the European ghettos. I’ve been to the Holocaust museum in Israel and a concentration camp outside of Prague.

    But Memory isn’t just a story of Nazis, Jews and Germans. The story is about the multi-dimensional characters. Felix isn’t just another Nazi; he was conflicted about his friendship with one Jew and his deep love for another. Each of these complex characters forces us not to look at the big picture, but to zoom in and see the people that make up each group. We don’t see “Palestinians”, we see a man about to lose the house he grew up in. We don’t see “Jews”, we see a man and woman who were betrayed by their friend and are now struggling to stay alive.

    Memory personalizes the stories I’ve heard for years, and it’s an experience that stayed with me long after the house lights came up.

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