“Letters Home, 1918” is the story of the central Ohio Jewish men who served the U.S. during WWI and those at home who supported them.
It is based on a collection of 350 letters donated to the Columbus Jewish Historical Society which were written by a young Jewish man to his sweetheart and supplemented by other actual letters from our archives and newspapers. The play was created to accompany a one-year exhibition at The Historical Collection of CJHS which recounted Jewish central Ohio participation in World War I. It was conceived by Toby Brief, Curator of The Historical Collection of CJHS, and written and directed by John Stefano, retired chair of the Otterbein University Department of Theatre and Dance. ”Letters Home, 1918″ was first presented in May 2018. A second performance with additional information was presented in July 2019.
Our thanks to the actors, researchers, stage production company, Gallery Players/JCC stage, The Columbus Jewish Foundation and to our sponsors of this film edition:
Hilary and Mike Talis, Missy and Bob Weiler and Rhonda and Steve Schottenstein