MJBW Literary Dinner

New York comes to town

Reissa will be in conversation with Gary Abrahams at Melbourne Jewish Book Week's inaugural literary dinner, a gala event as part of the biennial festival, on Sunday, August 18.

American authorEleanor Reissa.
American author Eleanor.

Eleanor Reissa is a storyteller in English and Yiddish, her first language. She is an award-winning director, playwright, actress, singer, translator, choreographer and published author.

Reissa was last seen on Broadway in the play Paula Vogel’s Indecent and most recently starred on the small screen in The Zweiflers, the 2024 Cannes TV Series of the Year winner.

Her plays have been collected in an anthology, The Last Survivor and Other Modern Jewish Plays. She has sung in every major venue in New York and at international festivals around the world.

Brooklyn born and bred and daughter of Holocaust fighters, Reissa’s memoir, The Letters Project: A Daughter’s Journey, is a search to discover the truth about her father, a slave in Auschwitz, as well as the truth about herself.

The Letters Project is a tough, honest and often funny memoir that takes readers on an unexpected mystery tour back in time through Germany and Israel, where the dead speak‚ÄČin this daughter’s journey down the rabbit hole of her family’s Holocaust experiences.

“The Holocaust,” Reissa writes in this unforgettable and courageous book, “is attached to me like my skin and I would be formless without it.”

Reissa will be in conversation with Gary Abrahams at Melbourne Jewish Book Week’s inaugural literary dinner, a gala event as part of the biennial festival, on Sunday, August 18.

Abrahams is the executive director of Kadimah Yiddish Theatre and a freelance director and playwright. He has directed the Australian premieres and National tours of several large-scale commercial shows, as well as classic texts, contemporary plays, new Australian scripts and devised projects.

He recently won the Green Room Award for Outstanding Playwriting for Yentl and has twice won the Green Room Award for Outstanding Direction.

Bookings for the MJBW literary dinner will open soon at mjbw.com.au

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