Jay
Stern

THE LATVIA PROJECT

In 1905, 19-year-old Herman Friedlander gathered with his parents and seven brothers and sisters in a photographer's studio in Libau, Latvia. Herman was about to immigrate to the United States and his parents wanted to document the family in case this was the last time they would be together.

It was.

The Latvia Project is a devised theater piece that relies on letters, historical documents, family legends, and a dose of conjecture to tell the story of what exactly happened to the ten people in this photograph.

First developed with London-based Russian director Veronica Wigg in the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab, this piece is currently in the development stage. A showcase production was presented at the Access Theatre in New York City in January, 2014.

Photos by Tom Henning