We Keep Coming Back
We Keep Coming Back tells the mostly true story of an odyssey to Poland that a son (Michael Rubenfeld) and mother (Mary Berchard) – both descendants of Polish-Jewish Holocaust survivors – took while accompanied by Katka Reszke (Polish-Jewish scholar and author of Return of the Jew) as their guide. The trip is set in motion when Mary suddenly takes ill, and Michael, in hope of healing their struggling relationship, suggests that returning to Poland to find their lost histories could help them mend.
We Keep Coming Back is a complex, soul-baring, and often very humorous performance that takes audiences deep into the genuine traumas of the post-war generations using documentary storytelling, archival video and projection design. It is performed by Michael Rubenfeld and Mary Berchard – real-life son and mother – and Katka Reszke. During the piece, each investigate and share the traumas they themselves continue to negotiate in real-time. The piece is structured, however not fully scripted, creating ongoing space for new discovery amidst a narrative that is impossible to contain. It is deeply intimate and as beautiful as it is uncomfortable.