LETTER FROM WARSAW
A new and exciting Musical Theatre production - “Letter From Warsaw” - The Musical - a first of it’s kind!
Based on the true stories of discovering Poland and it’s relationship to the Jewish community. Taking over two years
to complete, Letter From Warsaw contains 21 new songs.
* Book by American composer Gary Guthman
and Polish Author Doman Nowakowski.
* Theme of Jewish / Catholic relations
* Music and lyrics by Gary Guthman
* A Musical “Rock Opera” for 9 Lead Actors
ABOUT THE MUSICAL
The story that Gary Guthman and Doman Nowakowski created along with their music and lyrics is a quintessential work of a lifetime - and it couldn’t have been written about something more important than their beautiful Poland and its remarkable 1000-year relationship between Catholic Poles and Jewish Poles, unlike any place else in the world. Poland.
A country and its people who are rich in heritage, culture, heart and courage. A country brave enough to constitutionally and democratically protect Jews, give them autonomy and their own culture to flourish for 500 years. Jews themselves during this time called Poland a "Jewish Paradise”, while the rest of the world denied them this, their right to exist. Poland was indeed the Israel of the world for Jews for centuries.
"Letter from Warsaw” underscores the misunderstanding and division of these two great nations told through the experience of a Jewish family living in Brooklyn NY comprised of Holocaust survivor grandma Sarah, her daughter Hannah and Hannah’s son Abraham, who return to Poland and discover how history and tradition on both sides have all but been forgotten and replaced with propaganda and hidden truths, perpetuating centuries long suspicions of hate and distrust.
In the end ...they discover the REAL truth!
CAST OF CHARACTERS
Granny Sara - Polish Jewish Holocaust survivor
Hannah - Sara’s daughter born in Warsaw 1944
Abey - Hannah’s son - born in Brooklyn NY 1980
Director - Theatre artistic director in Warsaw
Alice - Theatre director’s daughter
Marek - Jewish Ghetto Uprising Freedom fighter
Kazik - Polish freedom fighter
Young Sara - Warsaw Ghetto 1943
Misha Rook - Theatre building owner before the war
Composer, arranger, orchestrator, trumpeter
Author, writer for theatre
" 'Letter From Warsaw' - the Musical, is an ambitious and provocative artistic ventureand it underscores a desire and a need for communication, understanding and peace. In my recollection, it is the only musical ever to tackle this very important theme and the way the creators have composed it, l' m sure will be meaningful.
I do hereby support their efforts and wish this musical "Letter From Warsaw” every success."
- Michael Schudrich - Chief Rabbi of Poland
"I believe that the new artistic production "Letter From Warsaw" - The Musical, speaks to one of the most important dialogs concerning Poland and the Jewish community,that being the ongoing relationship and understanding between two great nations. I highly support "Letter From Warsaw" and the creative efforts of the authors in presenting this musical theatrical production."
- Profesor Szewach Weiss - Past Deputy Speaker, Israeli Knesset