The Book of Joseph

by  Karen Hartman

Full Length Play, Drama  /  4m, 5f

Like so many great mysteries, it all began in an attic with a dusty old suitcase... 

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The Book of Joseph

by  Karen Hartman

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    Cast Size

    4m, 5f
  • Duration


    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

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The discovery of a stash of letters stamped with swastikas opens clues to an untold family history spanning multiple generations in The Book of Joseph – the gripping true story of resilience and truth-tracking determination spanning Baltimore and beyond. Richard Hollander’s book Every Day Lasts a Year: A Jewish Family’s Correspondence from Poland is brought to the stage in this mesmerizing new adaptation that restores a family’s uncharted legacy – celebrated by revelation and remembrance.
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"Both gripping and enlightening, combining documentary and drama, bridging time and communities, both past and present." - DC Metro

"But this is, it turns out, unlike any Holocaust play you will have been seen, mostly because it is so clearly concerned with what we do about all of this now." - Chicago Tribune

The Book of Joseph resonates in the current moment with overpowering force.” - Variety


  • The Book of Joseph at Everyman Theatre
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  • Minimum Fee: $100 per performance



  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)


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Karen Hartman

Karen Hartman’s Good Faith: Four Chats about Race and the New Haven Fire Department premieres at Yale Repertory Theater in 2019, directed by Kenny Leon. In spring 2018, Hartman’s The Book of Joseph became the highest grossing play in the Everyman Theatre’s history. Joseph and two other recent plays Ro ...

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