THE LAST SURVIVOR
By Eleanor Reissa
A play in one act with 8 actors (2 women/6 men)
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Helen, 30, a contemporary young woman, tries to make peace with her relationship to her father, a holocaust survivor.
Northlight Theatre, Skokie, IL
(Russ Vandenbroucke, Artistic Director)
Directed by J.R. Sullivan
Sets and Lights by Michael Phillipi
Costumes by Karen Kopischke
Cast: Jackie Katzman, David Darlow, Si Osborne,
Guy Adkins, Mary Ernster, Tony Dobrowolski
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"It is one of the many strengths of Eleanor Reissa's new autobiographical play "The Last Survivor" that it lays out this predicament without resorting to histrionics or contrived confrontations… In a world premiere at Northlight Theatre, Reissa presents the relationship between one such refugee and his daughter in a highly personal and idiosyncratic way."
– Chicago Sun-Times
"Eleanor Reissa is a first-time playwright who has written a very personal autobiographical drama called "The Last Survivor". Hopefully she has more to say about her life and the world around her, because her maiden effort is a winner… A luminous production at the Northlight Theatre. Reissa's script provides a moving tour of a Jewish family from the Holocaust in 1938 to the present time…'The Last Survivor' touches on a number of highly emotional points that had some members of the opening night audience wiping tears from their eyes… The writing is sharp, sometimes eloquent. 'The Last Survivor' is an impressively mature work, especially for a debut….Reissa tells her family chronicle in less than two hours. But that's enough time to touch and sometimes charm the audience and send them into the night with their feelings stirred by a most intimate and impressive feat of storytelling."
– Copley News Service
"This play packs a good deal of power and fascination."
– Michael Bigelow Dixon, Literary Manager-Actors Theatre of Louisville
"Eleanor Reissa deserves an audience. The work is funny and touching."
– Stuart Ostrow - Producer
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