The Tempest-Tossed

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Opened Mar 15, 2001
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WHAT IS IT ABOUT?

Award-winning playwright Barbara Kahn's The Tempest-Tossed is a post-war lesbian love story, set in Berlin 1946. Loosely inspired by The Search, a movie about stateless refugee children in postwar occupied Germany, the play explores what would happen to two lesbian lovers cast adrift among the other "homeless, tempest-tossed" of Berlin. Against a background of residual anti-Semitism and homophobia, concentration camps turned into refugee camps, senseless bureaucracy and fear of discovery, two women struggle to stay together and come to America. The same horrific war that brought upheaval and tragedy to their lives also brought them together. Although liberated from immediate threats to their lives, they face separation if the real nature of their relationship is revealed.