Family, friends and media came out for the premier in November for the new play by Henry Jaglom called Train to Zakopané at Santa Monica’s Edgemar Center for the Arts.Starring Tanna Frederick and Mike Falkow, Train To Zakopané is a true story of hate and love based on true events that occurred in the life of Jaglom’s father as he crossed Poland on a train in 1928.
Anti-Semitism was, at that time, rife in much of Europe, especially in Poland. In Train to Zakopané: A true story of hate and love, a successful Russian businessman meets a captivating young nurse in the Polish army on a train-trip to Warsaw, and he is faced with a life-changing dilemma when he discovers that the nurse he is drawn to – and who is enchanted by him — is fiercely anti-Semitic. Will he reveal to her he is Jewish? Will he move toward love, or will he move toward revenge? The actual train-ride across Poland – and the weekend stop-over in the resort town of Zakopané that followed – haunted Henry Jaglom’s father for a lifetime.
Train to Zakopané : A true story of hate and love explores the human condition in its darkest and most exquisite moments. It is a compelling love story that lays bare how compassion and intolerance can, even in the most unusual of circumstances, be one.
Tanna Frederick stars as the nurse and her co-star as the Russian businessman is Mike Falkow. The supporting cast features Jeff Elam,Cathy Arden, Stephen Howard and Kelly DeSarla, all have of whom have performed at The Edgemar before.Ms. Frederick most recently had a highly acclaimed one-year run at The Edgemar starring in the hit production of The Rainmaker. Prior to that she also was praised for starring in very long runs of Sylvia (as the title dog in A.R. Guerney’s classic play) and in Mr Jaglom’s Just 45 Minutes From Broadway, among others.