Juliene Berk

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based on material from CALL HER BLESSED.

Through memories and dreams, an old man relives losing three great loves of his life. We witness how his violent temper cursed two of his children and how his impatience and complacency brought about his beloved motherís tragic death.
Now alone and desolate, widowed after 59 years of marriage to a woman he adored, he is bereft and awaiting his own death. In a dream, his wife, who held him liable for the great sadnesses of her own life, tells him the Jewish legend about the three gifts of extraordinary goodness and beauty given to the saints to redeem a lost soul from wandering in limbo between heaven and hell. He is overcome with grief when he recognizes his own lost soul and begs that his three great losses be accepted so that he can be with those he loved.

SELECTED WORKS:

Creative Non-Fiction
e.g. Fiction, History, Magazine Articles, etc. goes here
Short stories and vignettes based on family members in CALL HER BLESSED
The world-renowned lover returns in the being of an irresistible cat.
PLAYS
Based on a true story set in America's South and Havana, Cuba at the beginning of the 20th century which deals with an Eastern European Jewish tradition of "special women."
Hugo von Hofmannsthal is credited with creating the greatest female character ever to tread the operatic boards--Marie Therese (Die Marschallin in the opera DER ROSENKAVALIER). She was his Muse, his Goddess, his ideal woman. He created his GALATEA according to patriarchal culture which not only put a female Muse at the beck and call of the artist, but also dictated that ALL incarnations of Aphrodite--all females --be innately subservient to males. In this play the artist's creation comes to life as a vibrant, seeking, uncertain, loving human being who is now free to be her SELF and to love whomever and however she chooses. This famous myth is stood on its heels breaking tradition by regarding it from the matriarchal point of view.

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