This show was created as a direct reaction to the Charlottesville riots at the University of Virginia on August the 11th-12th 2017 where neo-Nazis, alt-right, neo-Confederates, neo-fascists, white nationalists, Klansmen, and other racists group marched, attacked counter-protesters and even one of them drove through them killing one woman and injuring another 19 protesters. Five Pieces of Paper: Stories my Hungarian Grandmother refused to tell me and other family tales. It is a show about countering hate and intolerance. It is a show about hope, it’s a show about love; It’s a show about remembering the horrors of the not-so-distant past and giving the audience an emotional multi-sensory experience along the way.
The show was created by Moti Buchboot, an Israeli artist who moved to Los Angeles in the early 90. Moti a grandson of a Holocaust survivor, reveals lessons learned from his Hungarian grandmother who began her life’s journey in a village in Hungary, survived the Holocaust, and eventually settled in a small town in Israel. Told as a personal love narrative, this emotional rollercoaster unfolds through acting, Yiddish song, puppetry, storytelling, clowning, and on-stage baking. This spiritual ritual is meant to reveal and heal the trauma of a horrifying past.