Berlin Diary, by Andrea Stolowitz

Finalist for the 2017 Oregon Book Award

The great-grandfather of Oregon Book Award-winning playwright Andrea Stolowitz kept a journal for his descendants after escaping to New York City in 1939 as a German Jew. Following the complicated lure of genealogy, Stolowitz goes back to Berlin to bring the story of her unknown ancestors out of the archives into the light. The record keeps as many secrets as it shares; how do people become verschollen, lost, like library books?

In this complex, contemporary drama about the search for home, fragmented heritage and Jewish diaspora, two performers scintillate between characters and locations at the border of reality and memory and the intersection of national history and private lives. 

The Portland workshop production CoHo Theatre in April 2017 was made possible with generous support from the Jewish Theatre Federation of Greater Portland, Metro and Jewish Theatre Collaborative. Other community sponsors include:  Congregation Beth Israel, Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education, Mittleman Jewish Community Center, and PSU’s Judaic Studies Department.

A workshop production of Berlin Diary premiered at English Theatre Berlin in October 2016. The play was supported through a 2014-15 DAAD faculty research fellowship, a year-long residency at English Theatre Berlin/International Performing Arts Center, and grants from the Oregon Arts Commission, The Regional Arts and Culture Council, The Checkpoint Charlie Foundation, and The US Embassy. The play was developed at PlayPenn and the New Harmony Project.

A workshop production of Berlin Diary was presented in April, 2017 in Portland, OR and accompanied by a series of Community Conversations. More information about those events can be found here.


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After a sold out run of workshop productions in Portland in April, Andrea Stolowitz’s Berlin Diary toured Oregon, New York state & Toronto. (Full dates below) We are so excited to share this powerful show about “memory and loss and the force of history” with the world. 

1. Thursday, 9/28 @ 7 pm- Dana Arts Center**, Hamilton, NY- free
2. Monday, 10/2 @ 7:30 pm - Oregon Contemporary Theatre, Eugene, Oregon. Presented in partnership with Literary Arts. Reserve FREE tickets here
3. Tuesday, 10/3 @ - Havurah Shir Haddash, Ashland, Oregon. Presented in partnership with Literary Arts. Reserve FREE tickets here
4. Monday, 11/6 @- City Theatre Playhouse (presented by the Prosserman Jewish Community Center), 1:30 pm & 7 pm- Toronto, Canada

**There was also be a free performance of PEP TALK at the Dana Arts Center in Hamilton on Tuesday 9/26 @ 7 pm!


PLAYWRIGHT: Andrea Stolowitz^

DIRECTOR: Jonathan Walters*

PERFORMERS: Erin Leddy* & Damon Kupper

*H2M Company Member^H2M Resident Artist

Photos by Owen Carey




Workshop Performance Dates

  • CoHo Theatre, April 13-30: Portland, Oregon