After beginning its Washington,. D.C. premiere May 7, Here There Are Blueberries celebrated the opening of its run at Harman Hall with a bash. The Moisés Kaufman and Amanda Gronich play will run through May 28.
Exploring the human realities of Nazism and the Holocaust from an unexpected vantage point, the play is staged by Tectonic Theater Project at Shakespeare Theatre Company. The D.C. company stars Scott Barrow (33 Variations), Nemuna Ceesay (What to Send Up When It Goes Down), Kathleen Chalfant (Angels in America: Millenium Approaches), Maboud Ebrahimzadeh (English), Nicholas Gerwitz (The Tempest), Erika Rose (Taming of the Shrew), Anna Shafer (The Upstairs Department), Elizabeth Stahlmann (Slave Play), Charlie Thurston (Macbeth In Stride), and Grant James Varjas (Twelve Dreams).
Conceived and directed by Kaufman, Here There Are Blueberries was co-authored by Kaufman and Gronich, and devised with Scott Barrow, Amy Marie Seidel, Frances Uku, Grant James Varjas, and Members of Tectonic Theatre Project.
Go inside opening night of the production with the gallery below.
The production features scenic design by Derek McLane (33 Variations), costume design by Dede Ayite (Slave Play), lighting design by David Lander (Torch Song), sound design by Bobby McElver, and projection design by David Bengali (1776). Amy Marie Seidel (Paradise Square) serves as dramaturg and associate director with Ann C. James (Sweeney Todd) as intimacy coordinator and sensitivity specialist. Casting is by Stephanie Yankwitt, and STC resident casting director Danica Rodriguez.
Inspiration for Here There Are Blueberries began in the archives of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. It then made its original premiere at La Jolla Playhouse last year, and was recently announced as part of Off-Broadway's New York Theatre Workshop 2023-24 season.
STC and Tectonic Theater Project have partnered with Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics (FASPE) to create a series of talkbacks for the play.