Through Sunday, February 26th: ‘Unreachable Eden’

Unreachable Eden
Theater for the New City (155 First Ave., Manhattan)
Thursdays-Saturdays: 8pm
Sundays: 3pm
$12 in advance

Polish Jewish lesbian Eve Adams (born Chava Zloczower) was deported from the U.S. as an “undesirable” and spent the 1930’s in Paris, selling banned books to English-speaking tourists. Eve and her friends Henry and June Miller and Anais Nin enjoyed both café and nightlife in France, while in Germany the Nazi government was banning and burning books and implementing its war against Jews, homosexuals and others deemed “undesirable.” These parallel worlds collided during World War II, once again putting Eve in triple jeopardy as a Jew, a lesbian and an immigrant. Composer Arthur Abrams has mined the rich musical genres of 1930’s Europe to write a score that ranges fro the popular tango to waltz to ethnic melodies.

Unreachable Eden is based on Eve Adams’ deportation file from the U.S. government as well as correspondence and photographs courtesy of her relatives.

Eve’s first deportation in 1927 led ultimately to her second deportation, this time from France to Auschwitz in her native Poland. This courageous woman led a life far richer than the record of her death and deserves to be rescued from forgotten history.