BLACK BOX READING SERIES SALUTES VETERANS SUNDAY (11/16): SHORT STORIES ABOUT LIFE DURING WWII & NAZI OCCUPATION

A note from Sophie Virgilio's scrapbook, circa 1949.

A note from Sophie Virgilio’s childhood scrapbook, circa 1948.

Honoring 75 years since the beginning of World War II, the Black Box Theater of Asbury Park will feature the personal short stories by area resident Sophie Stach Virgilio about life in Poland on Sunday (Nov. 16).

“Each of Sophie’s stories – or monologues – are distinctly compelling, and reveal a unique and fascinating perspective of a time in world history,” said Alexis Kozak, president of Black Box.  “I am not aware of any other writing that is this detailed, raw and personal, revealing life during Hitler’s occupation.  This month’s Reading Series is for history buffs as well as theater fans.”

Stach-Virgilio was eight months old when Hitler invaded Poland on September 1, 1939.  Until the end of the occupation and during the beginning of communism, she lived on a farm with her Aunt and two cousins, ultimately traveling on a ship to America in 1949.  Through the eyes of a young girl, her nine stories will detail moments of ordinary life in the most extraordinary of historic circumstances.

“These are stories I never thought I would share,” said Stach-Virgilio.  “When my aunt got word that the American’s were coming to help us, we knew the end of the occupation was near.  Thanks to the encouragement of Black Box’s Jeffrey Seeds, Veronica Lake and Alexis Kozak, my son and many others I was able to finally share memories that are still so very vivid.”

Stach-Virgilio and Barbara Panas, local part-time actor, will read the stories.  Kozak is producing and directing the event.

Black Box Asbury Park’s Monthly Reading Series presents “Goat in the Attic: A child’s memories of life in Poland during Nazi occupation,” Sunday (Nov. 16) at 2 pm.  At the Collective Art Tank, 529 Bangs Ave., Asbury Park.  Suggested donation of $7.  Seating is limited.

Richard@TheBPlot.com

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