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STREAM A SELECTION from TERRY BAUM'S

 

DIVIDE THE LIVING CHILD 

 

In Terry Baum's award-winning play DIVIDE THE LIVING CHILD, which takes place in Amsterdam during the Nazi Occupation,  Torrie van Toom, a kindly Christian spinster, has agreed to take a Jewish child into her home.  But Hannah Bergman, a spirited adolescent, arrives accompanied by her mother, Miriam, who has nowhere else to go.   Torrie's hopes for Hannah's conversion to Christianity clash with Miriam's deep devotion to Judaism.  Hannah is torn between the two women, as she tries to find her way in her new life. Meanwhile, a nosy neighbor seeks to discover the truth of Hannah’s origins. 

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Carolyn Myers interviews Terry Baum about her years living in Amsterdam in the 1990s.  Terry talks about her first Jewish-themed play, “Divide the Living Child,” which examines Christian anti-Semitism during WWII, and about her newest play, “Mikvah” a lesbian love story and revenge play set in a Jewish women’s bathhouse in Poland in 1906.

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