“We Keep Coming Back” Berchard / Garton Stanley / Reszke / Rubenfeld – performance

“We Keep Coming Back” is a theatre performance that tells the true story of a trip to Poland that Michael Rubenfeld took with his mother, Mary Berchard and Katka Reszke (Polish-Jewish scholar and author of “Return of the Jew”) as their guide.

The trip is set in motion by Michael’s hope that returning to the “horror” of Poland would somehow help his mother and him heal. The plot, however, takes an unexpected turn when Michael and Mary discover a vibrant contemporary world of Jewish life in Poland and non-Jewish Poles eager to help them on their journey. “We Keep Coming Back” is presented in a media rich environment, incorporating video footage, archival material, and live and recorded music. The play is performed by Michael Rubenfeld and Mary Berchard – real-life son and mother – as well as Katka Reszke.

Created by Michael Rubenfeld and Sarah Garton Stanley with Mary Berchard and Katka Reszke.

Directed by Sarah Garton Stanley.

Scenography by Trevor Schwellnus.

Production Stage Management by Kalina Janik.

Tour produced by Marta Szarzyńska.

Financed by

The 1st edition of FestivALT was realized thanks to the support of the following institutions: Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, Paideia – The European Institute for Jewish Studies in Sweden, Asylum Arts, Trzecie Oko Gallery.