As a boy in 1950s New York, first generation Lithuanian American Paulius Bombalytus grows up hearing about his mother's bravery during the Nazi occupation of Lithuania. As an adult, he visits his distant relatives in his parents' homeland only to discover that the stories he heard as a child were fiction meant to cover a chilling truth: His coolly distant mother collaborated with the Nazis.
Paulius' attempts to reconcile truth and fiction are the crux of actor and co-author Paul Rajeckas' one-man show Notes to the Motherland (written with director George L. Chieffet), a deft piece of drama and physical performance set to Rajeckas' own compelling soundtrack. A student of Bill Irwin, Rajeckas impresses throughout with his deft physicality. Once it moves past Paulius' overly cute fantasy life, Notes to the Motherland engrosses completely, painting a darkly incisive picture of how the bigotry of the old country springs to life in America, and how Paulius comes to accept this legacy and move on from it.
Presented by Rajeckas Theater of One as part of the New York International Fringe Festival
at the SoHo Playhouse, 15 Vandam Street, NYC.
Aug. 10-26. Remaining performances: Sun., Aug. 19, 3:30 p.m.; Wed., Aug. 22, 9:30 p.m.; Sun., Aug. 26, noon.
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