Father's Nazi Past Revealed in World Premiere, East of Berlin, in Toronto

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Diana Donnelly, Paul Dunn and Brendan Gall will be featured in the Tarragon Theatre world premiere of Hannah Moscovitch's East of Berlin, about a son learning of his father's Nazi ties.

The Toronto production under the direction of Alisa Palmer is scheduled to begin at Tarragon's Extra Space Oct. 16 toward an Oct. 24 opening.

According to Tarragon, "Rudi (Brendan Gall) has grown up in Paraguay, blissfully unaware of his father's past as a Nazi doctor in the concentration camps. When a friend (Paul Dunn) reveals the truth, Rudi is devastated, and he searches for a way to humiliate and hurt his father. He soon leaves Paraguay for Berlin, where he tries to begin a new life. In a library, he meets Sarah (Diana Donnelly), an American Jew with secrets of her own, and they fall for each other. But Rudi's past catches up with him, and he must return to Paraguay to confront his father, and face the source of his confusion, rage and guilt."

Brendan Gall played Alex in Past Perfect by Michel Tremblay. His play Alias Godot will also receive its North American premiere later this season at Tarragon.

The creative team includes set and costume designer Camellia Koo, lighting designer Michael Walton, sound designer John Gzowski and stage manager Leigh McClymont.

Moscovitch developed East of Berlin during her time in the Tarragon Playwright's Unit. Her writing has also been produced at Buddies in Bad Times' Rhubarb Festival, The SummerWorks Festival and Saravati Women's Week Cabaret. Her play, Essay, debuted to critical acclaim at the 2005 SummerWorks where it won the Contra Guys SummerWorks Playwriting Award. Critically acclaimed, The Russian Play was the winner of the 2006 SummerWorks Prize and was part of the HATCH season, playing for a week at Harbourfront Centre in November 2006. In the coming year Hannah will be working with Theatrefront, Volcano, Factory Theatre, Youtheatre Montreal, Prairie Theatre Exchange and with CBC on an episode of the hit radio series "Afghanada." She is a 2007 finalist for the Mayor's Art's Award for Emerging Artists. Performances of East of Berlin will continue to Nov. 25. For information call (416) 531-1827 or visit www.tarragontheatre.com.

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