LISTEN TO THE REVIEW
Listen to the May 23, 2018 WYPR review of The Book of Joseph by J. Wynn Rousuck.
J. Wynn Rousuck, joins Tom Hall with her review of the new production of The Book of Joseph, now on stage at Baltimore's Everyman Theatre.
The play is a stage adaptation by Seattle playwright Karen Hartman of a book by former Baltimore newpaper and TV journalist Richard Hollander. After Hollander's parents were killed in a car accident in the mid-1980s, he discovered in their attic a briefcase filled with correspondence. The letters, all stamped with Third Reich swastikas, provided a unique record of the tragic fate of his Jewish relatives in German-occupied Poland during the Holocaust, and of his father's heroic efforts to save them.
The discovery of those letters led Hollander, eventually, to write a book, which he published in 2007, called “Every Day Lasts a Year: A Jewish Family’s Correspondence from Poland.” The book inspired the play that world-premiered in Chicago in 2017, and has now come to the Everyman, with Noah Himmelsteindirecting the resident company cast.