Writing of the Play
“East Towards Home” is a creative nonfiction in performance, growing out of historical research and autobiographical accounts. Historical sources include texts and songs by Woody Guthrie uncovered at the Woody Guthrie Archives, and oral histories gathered from several women who danced with the New Dance Group in the 1940s and 50s. The script was also inspired by writings and interviews of the radical choreographers of the 1920s and 30s, including Edith Segal, Nadia Chilkovsky, Sophie Maslow, and Marjorie Mazia Guthrie. More tales were culled from recollections of the early years of Goldens Bridge Cooperative Colony, one of about about fifteen radical Jewish communities founded in the Hudson Valley in the 1920′s. The playwright’s own stories are drawn from memories of growing up in the cooperative housing projects, socialist vacation colonies and left-wing summer camps of the next generation of Jewish left-wing culture in and around New York City.
Community Dialogues have been held with the National Museum of American Jewish History, Jewish Currents, Jews for Racial and Economic Justice, Congregation Kolot Chayeinu, Selah, Camp Kinderland, and Camps Thoreau, Trywoodie and Kokosi.
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From left: David Lutken, David Raphaeli, Mary Martello. Staged reading of “East Towards Home” at the National Museum of American Jewish History, 2011
From January through February of 2014, East Towards Home had a sold-out full-production run at Theater for the New City in Manhattan’s East Village, directed by the award-winning David Schechter and starring acclaimed actors Eleanor Reissa, Brian Gunter, and David Kremenitzer.
Previously, the play received two staged readings – The first at Chelsea Studios in New York City in August of 2010, and the second (after script revisions) at the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia in December of 2011, as the culmination of a week-long residency on radical Jewish culture and history.