The Puppetmaster of Lodz by Gilles Ségal, translated by Sara O’Connor and directed by Brian Roff will begin Berkshire Theatre Group’s Theatre Festival season at The Unicorn Theatre, 6 East St. in Stockbridge on June 21 with an official press opening on June 23. The cast will include Joby Earle as Finkelbaum, Lee Sellars as Popov/Spencer/Weissfeld/Weissman, Julia Gibson as the Concierge and Jesse Hinson as Schwartzkopf; with set design by Jason Simms, costume design by Antonia Ford-Roberts, lighting design by Japhy Weideman and sound design by Scott Killian.
A Jewish man has escaped from one of the most notorious concentration camps in Germany only to be yet again imprisoned in an imaginary world. Herr Finkelbaum weaves a story of longing, while caring for his beloved puppets and clinging to a lost reality. Try as he might to create a world far from the tragedy of the camps—he and we are finally faced with the question: will this horrifying war ever end? The Puppetmaster of Lodz is a gripping story of memory and survival.