Moisés Kaufman and Amanda Gronich's Here There Are Blueberries, which premiered at La Jolla Playhouse last year, will play Washington D.C. next month, running from May 7 to May 28 at Harman Hall. The production, which began in the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum archives, explores the human realities of Nazism and the Holocaust from an unexpected vantage point.
Staged by Tectonic Theater Project at Shakespeare Theatre Company, Here There Are Blueberries will be directed by Kaufman. The D.C. company will include Scott Barrow (33 Variations), Nemuna Ceesay (What to Send Up When It Goes Down), Kathleen Chalfant (Angels in America: Millenium Approaches), Maboud Ebrahimzadeh (English), Nicholas Gerwitz (The Tempest), Erika Rose (Taming of the Shrew), Anna Shafer (The Upstairs Department), Elizabeth Stahlmann (Slave Play), Charlie Thurston (Macbeth In Stride), and Grant James Varjas (Twelve Dreams).
Conceived by Kaufman, Here There Are Blueberries was co-authored by Kaufman and Gronich, and devised with Scott Barrow, Amy Marie Seidel, Frances Uku, Grant James Varjas, and Members of Tectonic Theatre Project.
Scenic design will be by Derek McLane (33 Variations), costume design will be by Dede Ayite (Slave Play), lighting design will be by David Lander (Torch Song), sound design will be by Bobby McElver, and projection design will be by David Bengali (1776). Amy Marie Seidel (Paradise Square) will be the dramaturg and associate director and Ann C. James (Sweeney Todd) will be the intimacy coordinator and sensitivity specialist. Casting is by Stephanie Yankwitt, and STC resident casting director Danica Rodriguez. The production stage manager is STC resident stage manager Joseph Smelser, and the assistant stage managers are Marne Anderson and Jacob Russell.
STC and Tectonic Theater Project have partnered with Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics (FASPE) to create a series of talkbacks for Here There Are Blueberries. Information on those events will be released online prior to performance.
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