“Beast on the Moon” Feb 15 – Mar 1, 2008

BOM_bgMr. Aram Tomasian, an Armenian immigrant to America, seeks a wife (an orphan) from Armenia. His hope is to establish a family in his new country with his bride Seta who is no more than a child of sixteen. Set in Milwaukee in 1921, this fledgling family struggles in the shadow of a painful past that Aram and Seta deal with in divergent ways. As Seta is transformed into a modern American women she is at odds with her husband who chooses to relive the more traditional life of the “old country”. This beautiful drama portrays the lives of two people who have to acknowledge their past, remain loyal to their ancestors, but find beauty and hope in their survival in a new land. Since this play was first staged at the Humana Festival in 1995, it has been performed around the world. The universal story of survival and new beginnings against the horrific annihilation of Armenians at the hands of the Turks at the beginning of the 20th century continues to have meaning for a modern world. In a speech on August 22, 1939 Adolph Hitler said, “Who still talks nowadays of the extermination of the Armenians?” The lack of compassion for the first genocide of the 20th century has been conjectured to be related to the Final Solution.