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In 'Leopoldstadt,' Tom Stoppard tackles the Holocaust, intermarriage, Zionism - and his own Jewishness, for the first time

 

October 7, 2022

Joan Marcus

The play explores how Jews assimilated into Austrian culture.

(JTA) - Speaking on the phone from an empty balcony in the Longacre Theater in New York, several hours before a preview performance of his latest play, Tom Stoppard said the show is "one that people like to talk to me about."

"Leopoldstadt," which officially hits Broadway on Sunday after an award-winning London debut in 2019, follows multiple generations of a Jewish family in Vienna from the turn of the 20th century through World War II and formation of the state of Israel. Audience members in the preview period have often lingered in the theater after the shows, and Stoppard - one of the w...



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