For This Moment Alone

Ian Lake, Theatre Aquarius, Directed by Sarah Stanley, Set and Costumes by Patrick Clark

A Play in Two Acts


Marcia Kash

Set in Toronto in 1948, a Jewish family, struggling to recover from the

horrors of the war in Europe, finally has cause to rejoice. Ruth is about to be

reunited with the only surviving member of her immediate family–her

brother Freddie. But when she goes to Union Station to meet him she is faced

with the most devastating shock of her young life: the brother she was

expecting turns out to be a stranger; an imposter holding her brother’s

papers.  Suddenly she and the family with whom she lives are forced into a

situation that is almost impossible to resolve: if they abandon this displaced

person they condemn him to more pain, more suffering and risk the

possibility of his being deported. For Joe, the patriarch of the family, there is no choice: to save one live

is to save the world. He takes this enigmatic “Freddie” into his home, and calls upon himself and the other

members of the household to embark on finding some way of living with their suspicions, their anger and their

guilt. At what point do you stop helping your fellow man? Should there be a line between “blood” and “water”?

Where does responsibility end? The play follows the paths of Ruthie, Joe and the rest of the family as they come

to  terms with what it means to accept, to forgive and to survive.

Maria Vacratsis and Tanja Jacobs, Directed by Sarah Stanley, Set and Costumes by Patrick Clark

The title is a Talmudic reference to the hope that exists for humanity. When a person does a good deed that (s)he doesn’t need to do, God looks down and says “for this moment alone it was worth creating the world”.

4 M, 2F

Based on a true story.

All Rights Reserved 2011 

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Premiere Production:  Theatre Aquarius, Hamilton, Ontario March 2011

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