The Book of Joseph

January 29

March 5, 2017

Upstairs at Chicago Shakespeare

by Karen Hartman
based on the life of Joseph A. Hollander and his family
directed by Barbara Gaines

From Page to Stage: The Book of Joseph

Thursday, January 26, 2017 | 6:30–8:00p.m.
Presented in partnership with and hosted at Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center
9603 Woods Drive, Skokie, IL

In our 30th Anniversary Season, it is more important than ever to tell not only beloved stories, but new ones. But how are plays developed from novels, poems, historical records, and other sources? Gain insight into the process in this one-night-only special event. Based on the book Every Day Lasts a Year, The Book of Joseph traces the history of the Hollander family from World War II Poland to present-day America, preserved in the family’s letters that were discovered by Richard Hollander after his father Joseph’s death. Rick Boynton, Chicago Shakespeare Creative Producer who is helping transform the story from book to play, joins Richard Hollander for this event. They’ll discuss the adaptive process, working with playwright Karen Hartman, and how having real people and their lives as source material impacted the show. Their discussion will be followed by a Q&A session and a book signing. Copies of the Every Day Lasts a Year will be available for purchase at the event.

Tickets are just $6 for The Book of Joseph patrons. To reserve your seat, call Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center at 847.967.4800. Tickets may also be purchased at the Museum.


Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center is offering a 30% discount on memberships to Chicago Shakespeare Subscribers. Call 847.967.4800 for more details.

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