HERE THERE ARE BLUEBERRIES Opens at the New York Theater Workshop

New York Theater Workshop and Tectonic Theater Project present Here There Are Blueberries, co-written by NYTW Usual Suspect and Tony & Emmy Award nominee Moisés Kaufman (The Laramie Project) & Emmy Award nominee Amanda Gronich (The Laramie Project) and created and directed by Moises Kaufman.

In 2007, a mysterious album of Nazi-era photos arrived on the desk of an archivist at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. As curators unraveled the shocking truth behind the images, the album quickly made headlines and sparked a debate that reverberated far beyond the museum walls. Based on real events, Here There Are Blueberries tells the story of these historic photos – what they reveal about the perpetrators of the Holocaust and our own humanity.

The cast of Here There Are Blueberries includes Scott Barrow (33 Variations), Nemuna Ceesay (Patience), Tony Award nominee Kathleen Chalfant (Angels in America), Noah Keyishian (Love All), Jonathan Raviv (The Band’s Visit), Erika Rose (Tiny Beautiful Things), Anna Shafer (This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing), Elizabeth Stahlmann (Slave Play), Charlie Thurston (Macbeth in Stride) and Grant James Varjas (33 to Nothing).

Here There Are Blueberries features set design by Tony Award winner Derek McLane (Purlie Victorious), costume design by Tony Award nominee Dede Ayite (A Soldier’s Play), lighting design by Tony Award nominee David Lander (Torch Song), sound design by Bobby McElver ( YOUARENOWHERE), and projection design by David Bengali (Water for Elephants). Ann James (How to Defend Yourself) will serve as Intimacy Coordinator & Sensitivity Specialist, with Amy Marie Seidel (A Clean Slate) as Associate Director & Dramaturg and Jacob Russell (Good Vibrations) as Stage Manager. Casting is by Stephanie Yankwitt, Casting TBD. Tectonic Theater Project co-produces Here There Are Blueberries in collaboration with Brian and Dayna Lee & Sonia Friedman Productions.

An extension of the play by two weeks was recently announced. The show was previously scheduled to close on June 2, but will now run through June 16, 2024.

Read the reviews:

Review overview: HERE ARE BLUEBERRIES Opens at the New York Theater WorkshopJesse Green, The New York Times: The comparison is pointed but inappropriate: archival work is not death work. Likewise, a play is not a museum. That’s part of the reason why, while I admire Tectonic’s intentions and technique in “Blueberries” — not for nothing it was recently named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama — I find it even more unbalanced today than when I saw it last year saw in Washington. .

Review overview: HERE ARE BLUEBERRIES Opens at the New York Theater Workshop
David Cote, observer: To a historian or researcher of World War II, such details would not be surprising or new. Audiences who prefer a dramatic treatment of similar material can stream Jonathan Glazer’s The Zone of Interest, which takes an unnervingly calm look at the family life of Auschwitz commander Rudolf Höss. (The film is loosely based on a novel by Martin Amis, but overlaps with Höcker’s album.) Even if Here There Are Blueberries sometimes seems less like a play than a live PBS documentary (and, at worst, an infomercial for the Holocaust Museum), it’s still a riveting 90 minutes. That’s thanks to the strong cast, anchored by the luminous Stahlmann, a grimly determined angel who brings light and a sword into the darkness. Derek McLane’s spare but effective set design (desks and screen) neatly houses David Bengali’s elegant projection design, which is integral to the impact. Ultimately, the piece asks what the camera captured and what it excluded. We have seen the carnage in the death camps. That ultimate horror is the result of countless steps from everyday politeness to callous inhumanity.

Review overview: HERE ARE BLUEBERRIES Opens at the New York Theater Workshop
David Finkle, New York Stage Review: Presented without intermission – Kaufman clearly wants no respite from the mounting intensity – the documentary is a valuable addition to Holocaust literature. This is further emphasized by the excellent ensemble, all of which convey the seriousness of the Tectonic Theater Project.

Review overview: HERE ARE BLUEBERRIES Opens at the New York Theater Workshop
Jonathan Mandell, New York Theater: Taube eventually takes on a personal mission to contact and convince other family members, but it proves to have little effect. The scenes with these others, in denial or denial, are among the most difficult – until the end, when the show moves from this album to another set of photographs. These are among the few taken from the Jews in the camp, and include testimonials from one of the survivors pictured in one of the camps, along with her relatives who did not survive. It’s as if Moisés Kaufman, the son of Holocaust survivors, and his co-writer Amanda Gronich, shared some of the initial concerns of the Holocaust museum staff: a play about the Holocaust, even if it focuses on the perpetrators, cannot completely exclude its victims.

Review overview: HERE ARE BLUEBERRIES Opens at the New York Theater WorkshopRobert Hofler, The Wrap: Kaufman and Gronich’s play recently became a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. It is yet another example of a work of art rewarded for its subject matter, not its execution. That said, the photos are worth a visit to the New York Theater Workshop, where “Here There Are Blueberries” is a co-production with Tectonic Theater Project.

Review overview: HERE ARE BLUEBERRIES Opens at the New York Theater Workshop
Average rating: 60.0%

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