Jewish Film Festival: The Resettlement of IsaacMonday | 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM (08/21/2017) , Duration: 02:00 Categories: Film Festival
Talk Back with Playwright Robert Karmon
In concert with this year’s film festival we are pleased to present the Playwright’s Theater of East Hampton’s premiere staged reading of “The Resettlement of Isaac”. This play is based on the true, incredible story of Isaac Gochman, a 17-year old from Rovno, Poland, who, in one horrific night, survives a Nazi massacre of his entire family along with 20,000 other Jews.
Thrust alone into the forest and the wilderness of war, Isaac finds the courage to fight back as a Russian partisan blowing up Nazi trains, and finds the passion to fall deeply in love with Anya, a Russian partisan nurse– in love for the first time in his young life. It is a tragic love that transcends religious differences.
Many years later in New York, the elderly Isaac is still haunted by the memory of his first love. His only friend, a young German-American woman, is tormented herself by doubts about her father’s role as a German soldier during the war. Deeply affected by Isaac’s past, she becomes the loving caretaker of his memories after he is gone. The play confirms what Faulkner once wrote, “The past is never dead, it’s not even past.”
Robert Kalfin founded New York’s Chelsea Theatre Center, winner of five Tony Awards, four Tony nominations and 21 Obie Awards. Mr. Kalfin directed more than 200 productions and new play workshops, musicals and the classics on Broadway, Off-Broadway, in major American regional theaters, in Europe, and the Middle East.
His many Broadway productions include Strider, Yentl and Candide. He also directed the television production of The Prince of Homburg starring Frank Langella, for the PBS Great Performances “Theatre in America” Series.
Robert Karmon is an American playwright and screen writer. Several of his plays have been produced off Broadway and in regional theaters. Karmon’s screen writing credits include scripts for CBS, Columbia Pictures, and Eddy Murphy Productions. He is currently a professor of English and creative writing at Nassau Community College.