Blonde Poison

by Gail Louw
Directed by Steve Bogart

Based on the true story of Stella Goldschlag, a German Jew, living illegally in WW II Berlin, who was betrayed, arrested and tortured by the Gestapo. In order to save her parents from the death camps, she agreed to become a “ greifer” and turn in fellow Jews. She was extraordinarily successful at this and the Gestapo gave her the nickname “Blonde poison“. Decades after the war she has agreed to be interviewed by a journalist.

Karen MacDonald. Recent credits include The America Plays (Plays in Place, Mt.Auburn Cemetery), Escaped Alone (Gamm Theatre), Universe Rushing Apart (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company), Calendar Girls (Greater Boston Stage Company). She has appeared at the Huntington Theatre, Trinity Rep, SpeakeasyStage, New Rep, Gloucester Stage, Lyric Stage, Israeli Stage, Merrimack Rep Theatre,
Portland Stage, Boston Playwrights Theatre, Boston Theatre Company, Sleeping Weazel, Vineyard Playhouse, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Shakespeare and Co. and Berkshire Playwrights Lab. A Founding Company Member of the American Repertory Theatre, she appeared in 74 productions. On Broadway, she understudied and performed the role of Amanda Wingfield in John Tiffany’s revival of The Glass Menagerie. In 2010, she received The Robert Brustein Award for Sustained Achievement in The Theater and the Elliot Norton Prize for Sustained Excellence. She teaches at the Extension School and the TDM Concentration at Harvard University.

Steven Bogart has directed for the American Repertory Theater (Cabaret, The Boston Abolitionist Project, Kirsten Greenidge’s Greater Good), Boston Playwrights’ Theater (Ginger Lazarus’s, Burning, Dan Hunter’s, Legally Dead), Company One (Shockhead Peter, Ruby Rae Spiegel’s, Dry Land, Jeehae Park’s Peerless, Kirsten Greenidge’s Greater Good), and Wheelock Family Theatre (Pinocchio). Currently he is directing The Last Days of Judas Iscariot for Hub Theatre Company of Boston. His plays have had various readings and some productions in Boston, NYC, Chicago, and Michigan, and Nebraska. He was a 2015 Massachusetts cultural Council Fellow in playwriting, and in 2009 an MCC grant recipient in playwriting. His play, Pigcat was the recipient of the Holland New Voice Award at the 2010 Great Plains Theater Conference.