Kronenstrasse Tonight at St. Francis College Theater

10awak600span.jpgNew York Times: Houses and Souls Haunted by Holocaust Ghosts: “In this memory, which has haunted me the whole of my life,” begins “The House on Kronenstrasse,” the first story in Shira Nayman’s collection about the Holocaust, “I am perhaps 2½ years old, and dressed in a special dress made of maroon velvet and lace. I am playing in a fountain that is ornate. …”

Within this memory is embedded a strange secret, part of the twisted legacy of those times, waiting to be uncovered by the narrator, who is not the ordinary young American woman she thinks she is.

The collection, “Awake in the Dark,” out today from Scribner, will celebrate its publication in a very unusual way: a performance of portions of “Kronenstrasse,” which has been set to music by the composer Ben Moore. The piece will be presented tonight at St. Francis College Theater in Brooklyn Heights, with the actress Andrea Masters and a trio of viola, clarinet and piano. (The event is free; reservations can be made at 212-632-4973).

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