Theater for the New City (New York City) presents a tale of 1920’s Greenwich Village, 1930’s Paris and 1940’s occupied France in the premiere of Unreachable Eden by award-winning lesbian playwright Barbara Kahn.

Theater for the New City, Crystal Field, Executive Artistic Director, proudly announces the world premiere production of Unreachable Eden, a historical musical drama written by Barbara Kahn, music composed by Arthur Abrams, directed by Barbara Kahn and Robert Gonzales, Jr. February 9 – 26, 2012, Thursdays – Saturdays at 8 P.M., Sundays at 3 P.M. Tickets are $12. Information/Reservations: 212-254-1109. Theater for the New City, 155 1st Ave@ 10th St. Subway: L to 1st Ave, 6 to Astor Place.

Polish Jewish lesbian Eve Adams (born Chava Zloczower) ran a tearoom on Macdougal Street in 1926, which catered to artists, writers and actors, both male and female. She was deported from the U.S. as an “undesirable alien” for writing a book of short stories called “Lesbian Love.” She 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 used the rich musical influences of 1930’s Europe to write a score that ranges from 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.

“…if I wanted to write my experiences of my wanderings and people and adventures, which still continue with every blessed day, it would take me years to write and I could fill volumes…”
–Eve Adams,  1934.


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 deserves to be rescued from forgotten history.


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