The play is based upon Visky’s mother, the titular Juliet, who raised her 7 children in a Communist gulag after her husband was imprisoned for being a minister in the Hungarian Reformed Church.
I can’t recommend this play enough. It’s beautifully written, and worth checking out if you like theater and/or are interested in the fractious history of this part of the world. Visky really brings his mother’s story alive, and I was moved to tears several times at her ordinary bravery.
If you live in New York, you can catch performances over the next few weeks at the Fringe Festival:
The Independent Theater
52 West 8th Street (between 6th Avenue & Macdougal)
FRI 8/10 @ 9:30pm
SUN 8/12 @ NOON
THUR 8/16 @ 7pm
SAT 8/18 @ 2:30pm
WED 8/22 @ 4:30pm
FRI 8/24 @ 3pm
Use SUBWAY A, C, E, F, V to West 4th Street or N, R to 8th Street
Melissa Hawkins, the actress playing Juliet, is absolutely incredible. I love this play–let me know in the comments if you read it or see it and feel the same way.
(Oh, and this post is in honor of a YA book I read today. No point of comparison, just an excuse to plug the play.)