The Soap Myth: Reading and Talkback
Fifty years after the end of World War II, impassioned Holocaust survivor Milton Saltzman battles Holocaust historians to include the atrocity of “soap” in their Holocaust memorials and museums. The Soap Myth wrestles with the conflict between survivor memory and historical proof, as well as with the scourge of antisemitism masquerading as Holocaust denial. It asks who has the right to write history? Who determines the truth? How does a survivor survive surviving? After the play reading, join the Neuberger, Studio 180, and the Harold Green Theatre Company as we unpack The Soap Myth with playwright Jeff Cohen.
This program is connected to Relics: Soap, Lampshades, and Myth in Holocaust Memory on 9 November 2021 at 7:30 PM.
Jeff Cohen is a director, playwright, and producer. Cohen’s award-winning career in theatre spans almost four decades and his plays include Righteous, The Soap Myth, The Man Who Ate Michael Rockefeller, and Men of Clay. His work has been profiled in numerous publications including The New York Times, The New York Post, Time, Entertainment Weekly, and The New Yorker.
Jessica Greenberg is an actor and the Director of Youth and Community Engagement for Studio 180 Theatre. She plays the role of Annie Blumberg in this reading of The Soap Myth.