We Keep Coming Back
A mother and son, both descendants of Polish Holocaust survivors, return to Poland in the hopes of finding their lost identity and using their quest as a way to reconnect their own fractured relationship. The plot, however, takes an unexpected turn when Michael and Mary discover a vibrant contemporary world of Jewish life in Poland. Unbeknownst to them, their journey will reveal a parallel narrative among Poles seeking a reconnection with lost Jewish identities. An unexpected story is born. We Keep Coming Back explores the politics of memory, trauma and stereotype, filtered through the complex investigation of a mother and son trying to repair their relationship to Judaism, each other and themselves. It is performed by real-life mother and son, Mary Berchard and Michael Rubenfeld, as well as Katka Reszke, author of “Return of the Jew”. It’s presented in a media rich environment, incorporating video footage, archival material, and music.
The performance will be followed at 10pm by a talkback in the Marilyn Brewer Community Gallery with the cast of the show, which will simultaneously serve as a lead-in to the 11pm screening of the documentary film “Raise the Roof.”