The Journals of Mihail Sebastian
THE STORY: In the decadent, politically explosive Bucharest of the 1930s and 40s, a young writer struggles to maintain his career, his integrity and his Jewish identity, even as his closest friends ally themselves with Fascism. Based on the controversial journals, this epic one-man play spans eight tumultuous years and opens a uniquely personal window on the Romanian Holocaust and the Second World War.
“Powerful.” —NY Times. “[THE JOURNALS OF MIHAIL SEBASTIAN] allows us to glimpse the idiosyncratic effects of that awful history on one intelligent, pragmatic, recognizably real man…David Auburn endows the piece with the carefully modulated accessibility that he gave to Proof, for which he won both a Tony Award and a Pulitzer Prize in 2001.” —NY Newsday. “Suspenseful.” —NY Magazine. “A sinister tale, one well worth telling.” —NY Sun. “A stop motion series of snapshots…A freshness that rejuvenates history’s bitter truths.” —Village Voice. “…compelling. Keen Company’s well-crafted world premiere offers powerful passages and a distinctive perspective on the Holocaust.” —Star-Ledger. “Auburn has chosen an eloquent subject for this solo work…Watching the twilight of his denial obliterated by the harsh dawn of worldwide war is most chillingly relevant right now.” —NYTheatre.com. “Auburn has created a script that is as much a portrait of a whole society as the man who finds himself increasingly alone and horrified by the evidences of that society’s 'bestiality'…” —CurtainUp.