“Cyla’s Gift” is a timely story playing at Taproot Theatre’s Isaac Studio from Sept. 28 through Oct. 13. It is written and performed by Samara Lerman, and directed by Kelly Kitchens.
This is a relevant, insightful story for a generation facing a resurgence of fear and extremism.
“Cyla’s Gift” is a train-hopping, border-crossing story of danger, adventure, magic, loss, and the power of storytelling.
When the ghost of her grandmother, Cyla Tine, starts visiting Samara in the middle of the night, she is compelled to travel through interwoven family stories of survival. Lerman asks: “What happens when your family lineage stops with you? What happens to the stories and memories of generations past?”
Two-thirds of Americans surveyed cannot identify what Auschwitz is, according to the 2018 Holocaust Knowledge and Awareness Study (source: NY Times). Samara’s lovingly retold piece focuses on the heroism, terror, and the human cost of bigotry. This is a story that needs to be told and remembered.
Tickets are $15-$30; current Taproot subscribers can get a discount by calling the Box Office at 206-781-9707. “Cyla’s Gift” is one hour with no intermission, and is recommended for ages 13 and up.