Thank you to the Kana Theatre and your amazing support, which made our residency with you so satisfying and fruitful. Special shout out to Janek, Nika, Tomek, Tomek, Tomek, Ewa, and Weronika. We look forward to coming back!
After surviving the holocaust, Mary Berchard’s family moved from Poland to Sweden where she was born. They then immigrated to Canada in 1951, where she grew up and eventually had a son, Michael. 65 years later, with their relationship feeling deeply disconnected, the two decide to return to Poland for the first time in the hopes of exploring their lost Polish identity and use it as catalyst in their desire to reconnect to each other.
Unbeknownst to them, this journey would reveal a parallel narrative occurring in the third post-war generation of Poles, that has many of them equally seeking a reconnection with lost Jewish identities.
We Keep Coming Back tells the true story of the journey between Mary and Michael back to their country of origin and how the intersection with these new contemporary Polish narratives contributed to the unraveling and reconstruction of their own identity narrative. In the course of their exploration, undertaken with collaborators Sarah and Katka, a new and unexpected story is born.
Created by Michael Rubenfeld and Sarah Garton Stanley with Mary Berchard and Katka Reszke-Grünberg
Design and Technical Collaboration by Cam Davis, Teresa Przybylski, Lyon Smith, Emilie Aubin, Elizabeth Kantor and Aga Nowak
Producing contributions by Evelyn Tauben and Magda Koralewska
Produced by Self Conscious Theatre
Residency presented with support from Kana Theatre, The Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Toronto, and The Collaborations at Canada’s National Arts Centre English Theatre.
In June 2014, selfconcious organized its fifth run of the Book of Judith in the Abilities Centre in Whitby. The showing was accompanied by Accessing the Arts Symposium exploring accessibility in the performing arts. Through the symposium we intended to further activate the conversation central to The Book of Judith’s core message of inclusion. Through panels, discussions, and keynotes presented by artists, arts professionals and organizations committed to incorporating inclusive thinking and practice into their programming we aimed to contribute to the conversation about a more diverse, accessible arts community in Canada.
The Book of Judith was produced by Selfconscious Theatre in partnership with Abilities Centre and The Theatre Centre. Generous support provided by Canada Council for the Arts, The Ontario Trillium Foundation, and Ontario Arts Council.
Accessing the Arts Symbosium was realized by Selfconscious Theatre and Abilities Centre with generous support from the Equity Office of the Canada Council for the Arts.