|VINE TATA (Daddy's Coming), opening at Queens Theatre, on October 3, tells the story of the reunion between a former prisoner of conscience and the daughter he sacrificed to his ideals. The play brings together two disparate worlds: the fast paced world of competitive, Los Angeles families in which children can be tempted to suicide by the pressure to achieve, and the world of a totalitarian dungeon where the prisoner resists psychological torture by writing poetry, composing a book in his mind, and conversing in Morse Code with an astronomer and a priest. It contrasts the poetic with the prosaic, past with present, a man's faith and passion for life with an American teenager's cynicism and despair.
The play directed by Tom Rowan is based on the book, Subterranean Towers: A Father-Daughter Story, by Irina Eremia Bragin, portions of which have been published in The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post Sunday Magazine, and Reader's Digest. A chapter from the book was published in a Glencoe/McGraw Hill Edition of "One Day In The Life of Ivan Denisovich."