See Under: LOVE, Corey Fischer's theatrical adaptation of David Grossman's novel, opens its world premiere Feb. 19 at San Francisco's Traveling Jewish Theatre. Performances began Feb. 15 for a run through March 25. Wasserman, the elderly Jewish protagonist of See Under: LOVE, spends his life penning children's tales until he is sentenced to death in a concentration camp. Only the writer won't die - he emerges alive from the gas chambers again and again. Neigel, the camp commandant, remembers this remarkable prisoner from his youth; Wasserman wrote his favorite book of children's stories, "Children of the Heart." Neigel then offers to give Wasserman the peace he seeks by shooting him at the end of each well-told story. The bullets do not kill Wasserman, however, and soon the Jew realizes it is his duty to teach the Nazi humanity. See Under: LOVE won a grant from the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays in 1999.
The cast features Aaron Davidman, Julian Lopez-Morillas, Joan Mankin, Mark Samuels, Robert Sicular, Helen Stoltzfus and Norbert Weisser.
Tickets are $25. A Traveling Jewish Theatre is located at 470 Florida Street. For reservations, call (415) 399-1809. A Traveling Jewish Theatre is on the web at http://www.atjt.com.
— By Christine Ehren