Deciphering the diaspora | Manhattan Times

Story by Robin Elisabeth Kilmer

One actress, 24 roles.

Gabriela Kohen’s family story is one that spans genocide and dictatorship.

It also includes three continents and one tablecloth, tracing a family’s journey from 1970’s Brooklyn, the tango halls of Argentina, and the Warsaw ghetto in Poland.

Kohen sought to capture her family’s story in the critically acclaimed Decoding the Tablecloth, a one-woman play she wrote, which will be presented at the Alianza Dominicana Cultural Center this Thurs., Apr. 24th.

The play has been lauded by New York Magazine as “a loving yet unflinching family portrait” with an “astonishing subtlety of gesture, expression and accent,” and The Washington Post cited the work as “bitter, forgiving and wise.”

Kohen portrays all 24 roles, which represent several generations of family members.

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