Ségal's work, translated by Sara O'Connor, is "set in Berlin in 1950 [and] is both a mystery story and a portrait of a noble man. Samuel Finkelbaum is a master puppeteer who has locked himself in an attic apartment and has remained there ever since his escape from a concentration camp. He is patiently awaiting the end of World War II, and nothing his landlady tells him will convince him that it's safe to come out. Inside this retreat, he creates a fantasy world with his puppets — and so unfolds an unforgettable tale of love and creativity," press materials state. The cast of Puppetmaster of Lodz comprises Robert Zukerman, Daniel Damiano, Suzanne Toren and Herbert Rubens; Bruce Levitt directs.
Ralph Lee has designed 22 puppets, including two life-size renderings, for the production. The creative team also features set design by Roman Tatarowicz, costume design by Elizabeth Flauto, lighting design by Paul Bartlett and sound design by Chuck Hatcher.
Ségal's Puppetmaster of Lodz made its English language debut in 1988. O'Connor's translation has been performed at the Studio Theatre in Washington, D.C.; Wilma Theatre in Philadelphia; The Empty Space in Seattle; and at Blackfriars Theatre in San Diego, where it earned an L.A. Drama-Logue Award. The latest play by Ségal, Monsieur Schpill Et Monsieur Tippeton, received France's Moliere Award for Best Play and Best Production.
The Puppetmaster of Lodz begins performances Nov. 30, with an official opening scheduled for Dec. 3.The limited engagement runs through Dec. 23 at the ArcLight, located in Manhattan at 152 West 71st Street.
The Puppetmaster of Lodz is a co-production of Blue Heron Theatre and Mirth A Theatre Company. Tickets are available by calling (212) 868-4444 or by visiting www.smarttix.com.