By Sarah Levine Simon and Mihai Grunfeld
Directed by Roger Hendricks Simon
With Bryan Burton, Robert S. Gregory, Caralyn Kozlowski, and Tracy Sallows
Nineteen-year-old Robi is eager to escape the oppression of Communist Romania to forge a new life in the west. The unexpected return of his mother's estranged fiance after a 20 year absence, may hold a key to his freedom. However, when his mother reveals that Robi's father was not killed in action as he'd believed, but is either a Jewish teacher his mother hid during the war or the Hungarian soldier who persecuted him, Robi must decide whether to embrace his ancestry or run from it.
The Simon Studio is an award-winning theater and film/tv/audio training, development,
and production center, established and directed by Roger Hendricks Simon, its Artistic Director. Projects emerge from The Simon Studio and its On-Camera Professional Lab for ensemble training and production, where student actors, writers, and directors collaborate with professional participants, and have been produced by The Studio’s artists Off Broadway, regionally, and internationally, including: this play (developed in The Simon Studio’s On-Camera Professional Lab), Museum of Television and Radio (The Paley Center), Aspen Playwrights Conference, Roundabout Theatre, Manhattan School of Music, Carmel (CA.) Performing Arts Festival, the Vienna International Theatre, Lincoln Center’s Bruno Walter Library Theatre, Woodstock Playhouse, NY and Midtown International Theatre Festivals, Newport Beach Film Festival, Samuel French Short Play, and Strawberry Festivals, often winning awards. The Studio’s projects also include the Annual Shakespeare Bard at the Bar at the Players Club. The Studio was the 2016 recipient of a Smart Family Foundation grant and has been awarded grants and received support from the National Endowment of the Arts, National Public Radio, NYC Board of Education, and the Danish Ministry of Culture, among others.
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"The vividness of these characters is matched by the vividness of the production itself" - Theatermania
"A gripping new play" - Theater Pizzazz
"Compelling" - This Week in NY
"The play shows surprising depths as its themes of love, loss, regret, shame, and reconciliation emerge over the course of the evening." - Talkin' Broadway