Silverthorne Theater Premieres The Tattooed Man Tells All

GREENFIELD, MA: Silverthorne Theater is honored to bring to the stage an important piece of dramatic writing, The Tattooed Man Tells All - a new voice in the telling of the stories of the Holocaust. New York playwright Peter Wortsman's gripping solo piece, woven from a series of interviews conducted, on a fellowship from the Thomas J. Watson Foundation, in Vienna in 1975 with witnesses to and survivors of the Holocaust, the scene of Western Civilization's worst excesses.

The play will be performed by Silverthorne Theater Company May 3, 4, 5 at 7:30 pm and May 6 at 2 pm in the Pushkin Studio of Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center of Greenfield, Massachusetts Ellen Kaplan directs Keith Langsdale in this tour-de-force performance. Tickets are available at Eventbrite.com or on Silverthorne Theater’s web page, www.silverthornetheater.org/news-announcements.

By condensing these accounts into that of a survivor who is committed to a no-holds-barred retelling, Wortsman gives us a fully fleshed out dramatic character, the Old Man, warts and all, for the audience to come to know. As the playwright says in his introduction, “The interchange[s] recorded on tape [were] painful to revisit...for my interlocutors’ merciless bluntness...[T]he subject of which [the Old Man] speaks has since been loaded with a leaden label, idealized and idolized, riddled with spotlights, torchlit for moral uplift, hagioscopically highlighted with a reverence formerly reserved for the Crucifixion."

The audience becomes the interviewer to whom the Old Man talks, retelling and reliving his time in the camp. "I could be whatever they wanted...melt in...become part of the landscape...or better yet, turn into thin air so they could look right through me."

From his closet comes his camp uniform that quickly assumes a life of its own. The stories weave in and out of the Old Man’s memories and paint a picture both fascinating and horrifying.

Why now? Now we need to hear and see again what ‘humanity’ is capable of under duress and at its darkest moments. “You can’t just dispose of the past, cut it out like a malignance tumor! It’s still there, it’s still an intimate part of me...” Playwright Peter Wortsman

"I admired The Tattooed Man Tells All. It seems to me you handle both subject and dialogue with just the right degree of passion and distance. [...] Congratulations. I would imagine it is a part one of the best actors would like to take on." The late Arnold Wesker

For questions and further information, email silverthornetheater@gmail.com, or call 413-768-7514.