Play Screening: We Keep Coming Back
This event is a screening of the stage play that was performed and recorded in November 2018 at the Berney Theatre, Winnipeg, Canada. The play also toured Canada and was performed in Poland.
All proceeds will be shared with FestiVALT – a grassroots initiative by the community in Poland, founded by Michael Rubenfeld (the creator of We Keep Coming Back) and his wife, Magda Rubenfeld Koralewska, who also features in We Keep Coming Back.
Real-life son and mother – Michael Rubenfeld and Mary Berchard, both descendants of Polish-Jewish Holocaust survivors – together attempt to capture the truth of a Polish-Jewish reality that keeps changing and is near impossible to contain.
Mary’s health started to fail, and so in a desire to grow close to his mother, Michael proposed that they go to Poland together to find their family’s roots. When in Poland, and accompanied by their guide, Katka Reszke, they discover that there is a new generation of unexpected Jews living there, and a far more complex version of contemporary Poland than they had considered.
We Keep Coming Back is a complex, soul-baring, and often very humorous performance that takes audiences deep into the genuine traumas of the post-war generations.
Join us, at The Pump House in Watford, for a drinks reception and screening of We Keep Coming Back followed by an exclusive Q&A with the Co-Creator, Michael Rubenfeld.
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Debra has been working in Belarus for over ten years and is a passionate advocate for Jewish community, history, heritage and identity. Debra has worked tirelessly to grow The Together Plan in order to give agency to Jewish people coming out of a traumatic past, to empower them and give them skills and self-belief to rebuild and revive. It is Debra’s mantra that together we can make a real and positive difference for a better, stronger and more cohesive Jewish landscape in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.
Michael RubenfeldCo-Artistic Director
Michael Rubenfeld is a performance maker, cultural producer, playwright and actor, originally from Winnipeg, Canada and now residing in Krakow, Poland. Much of his performance work revolves around exploring contemporary Polish-Jewry. He is the co-director of FestivALT, a Jewish arts activist festival in Krakow, Poland, which he co-founded in 2017.