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Moisés Kaufman's Here There Are Blueberries to Run at Shakespeare Theatre Company

The new play from Tectonic Theater Project is premised on the discovery of never-before-seen Nazi-era photographs.

Moisés Kaufman and Amanda Gronich, co-authors of Here There Are Blueberries.
Moisés Kaufman and Amanda Gronich, co-authors of Here There Are Blueberries.
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Here There Are Blueberries, an acclaimed new production from Tectonic Theater Project, will join Shakespeare Theatre Company's 2023 season. The production will run at the Washington, D.C. company's Harmon Hall from May 7-28. Casting will be announced at a later date.

Conceived and directed by Moisés Kaufman (Founding Artistic Director of Tectonic Theater Project) and written by Kaufman and Amanda Gronich, Here There Are Blueberries is based on true events surrounding a mysterious album of never-before-seen Nazi-era photographs that arrived at the desk of United States Holocaust Memorial Museum archivist Rebecca Erbelding. As Rebecca and her team of historians begin to unravel the shocking story behind the images, the album soon makes headlines around the world. In Germany, a businessman sees the album online, recognizes his own grandfather in the photos, and begins a journey of discovery that will lead him to a reckoning of his family's past and his country's history. Here There Are Blueberries tells the story of these photographs — what they reveal about the perpetrators of the Holocaust, and about our own humanity.

Winner of Theater J's Trish Vradenburg Jewish Play Prize, the world premiere of Here There Are Blueberries was co-produced by Tectonic Theater Project and La Jolla Playhouse in 2022. The play was devised with Scott Barrow, Amy Marie Seidel, Frances Uku, Grant James Varjas, and the Members of Tectonic Theater Project.

The creative team for Here There Are Blueberries includes scenic design by Derek McLane, costumes by Dede Ayite, lighting design by David Lander, sound design by Bobby McElver, projection design by David Bengali, dramaturgy and associate direction by Amy Marie Seidel, and production stage management by Joseph Smelser.