from Umarla Klasa by TADEUSZ KANTOR & original text by ELIYA SMITH
ICE FACTORY FESTIVAL, NEW OHIO THEATRE | New York, NY | July 2023
A Jewish cemetery in Deadclass, Ohio is the place (and time) for a seance.
Five generations of E’s family are buried there, as are M’s grandparents, Blue and Luna, who were married 70 years. Blue and Luna met as children fleeing Nazi occupation; later they moved together to Deadclass, Ohio, to build a family. After the war, both had returned to Krakow to find all their relatives were dead – their hometown had become a cemetery.
Inspired by Tadeusz Kantor’s masterpiece UMARŁA KLASA and assembled from original text, faded memories, family secrets, live violin score, irresponsibly captured iphone video, and verbatim fragments of rediscovered memoirs and voicemails, DEADCLASS, OHIO is a seance of the living and a love story of the dead.