Brian Silberman, 27th Annual ODU Literary Festival


Brian Silberman

Document Type

Featured Participant

Festival Date



Hampton/Newport News Room, Webb University Center

Author/Artist Bio

Brian Silberman’s play Manifest premiered in 1999 at the Portland Stage Company. For this play, Silberman won the Pinter Prize for Drama (1993) and the Clauder Prize (1998). Frustrated by the typical depiction of the Holocaust in which Jews are victimized and saved by someone from the dominant culture, Silberman’s play tells a different story. Instead, Manifest shows the Jews in concentration camps performing cabarets, songs, and skits. Silberman combines the atmosphere of vaudeville and the music of a klezmer band to depict the subversive and resistant spirit of the Jews. His other plays include: Walkin’Backward, Feral Music, Sugar Down Billie Hoak, Half Court, and others. Silberman’s play Walkin’ Backward was included in Best Short Plays of 2001. He has also been the recipient of awards from Arena Stage, The American Alliance for Theatre Education, the Kennedy Center, and The Poets’ Theatre, and others.


Silberman read with Tim Seibles on Tuesday, October 5th, 2004 at 3:00 p.m.


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