Memories Never Die
Cast of Characters:
Rose Goldman/ Narrator
Ellie Goldman (mother)
Matthew Goldman (father)
Leah Goldman (sister)
Act 1 Scene 1:
~ A girl walks out onto the stage. She's tall, with short brown hair and
hazel eyes. Her striped dress is covered with dirt. She carries a small
blue book with a pen sticking out from in-between the pages.
Rose: (faces audience; a single light shines on her) My name is Rose. I
always knew that one day I'd be free as a bird that soars through the sky.
However, I had no idea that it would be this soon. For you see, I died last
year, in the summer of 1955. (Pauses) I'd like to tell you a bit about my
family and I and what we endured during the years before we gained our
freedom from the Nazis back home, in Poland. I still watch over my family
as I miss them so much. (Moves stage left; more lights shine on the scene.)
Rose: We are at the Cross Town Café in New York, my family's business. It's
the summer of 1950 and I just returned home from visiting with my Aunt
Rachael. It was a great trip, but it was good to be back home again.
~Ellie comes out of the kitchen carrying a tray of food. She sets in down
at a table. Rose walks over to her and takes the empty tray from her
Ellie: Where did you come from? (Kisses her cheek)
Rose: I came in through the back. Did you miss me?
Ellie: Yes, how was your trip?
Rose: Great, Aunt Rachael sends her love. Where is Poppa? (Looking around)
Ellie: He's helping your sister with her new house, making sure everything
is going well.
~Both walk over behind the counter and start taking orders. Matt Goldman
walks in through the front door, hanging his jacket and hat on a hook.
Matt: Welcome home, Rosie, so how is my sister?
Rose: Fine. It was a nice trip. I'm going to go upstairs and unpack, but I
will help with the late shift.
Ellie: Be back by ten, understood?
Rose: Yes, Momma.
~Rose leaves the café and lights fade out on her family. Rose walks across
the stage. and lights shine on her as she walks up the staircase to her
apartment. She starts to think about what it was like entering her old
home in Poland. The scene changes to Rose entering her father's study back
Rose: Everything was as I remembered. The desk was covered with bills and
other documents. Suddenly I found a little blue diary. (Sits at her
father's desk) I opened it and read the name, "Matthew Goldman." (Matt's
voice heard in background, while Rose reads)
"July 1942~ Hitler's programs and posters have begun to cover the village's
store windows. Stores everywhere have become off limits to Jews and we are
only allowed to go to places that are designated with a yellow star. There
has been an enforcement of a 10 o'clock curfew. Everyone must be in his or
her home by this time or they will be punished severely. It breaks our
hearts to see our girls so unhappy." (Matt's voice fades out)
Rose: He never told anyone about this journal. As I continued to read, I
began to think about that day we were all forced into a ghetto.
(Lights fade out-Scenery changes to a country setting; a barbed wire fence
lines the background
~ One light shines on Rose.
Rose: The Germans built a ghetto in Poland in 1939. Soldiers patrolled the
streets every night. Momma and Poppa had to close down our family
restaurant. A wonderful life ended when we moved into an abandoned hotel. I
met some children living upstairs. It was nice to have company, though the
Gestapo proclaimed it was against their rules to meet in large groups.
~Lights shine on a small room with several beds. Rose and her sister,
Leah, are reading.
Leah: This is really scary, hiding each morning from the Gestapo. What is
going to happen to us?
Rose: I'm not sure, but we have to hide when the Gestapo makes its patrol.
(Sirens are heard outside; footsteps are heard as they enter the
Leah: Hide quickly!
(They slide under their beds and hide as soldiers inspect the rooms.)
Soldier: No one is here, let's get to the others! (Walks out of the room)
(Children come out from their hiding places; Leah looks around and sees the
soldiers leave the building.)
Rose: Leah, what's the matter?
Leah: We're not going to get out of here. It looks as if everyone is will
spend their lives here, never to see daylight again! (Walks out)
~Lights shine on Rose
Rose: I did not want to believe what she said. None of it sounded possible.
A year later, my family was forced to leave for Auschwitz. It was a
terrible place and many people died from gas chambers, drugs, or hard
labor. Either way we had to keep working, because one day I knew we'd be
~Lights fade out on the end of the Act.