Five Pieces of Paper

Stories my Hungarian grandmother refused to tell me and other family tales.

A love tribute to my Holocaust-surviving grandmother.

Upcoming shows: Due to covid19 all upcoming live shows are canceled. An on-line Zoom show is in the making.


This show was created as a direct reaction to the Charlottesville riots at the University of Virginia on August the 11th-12th 2017 where neo-Nazis, alt-right, neo-Confederates, neo-fascists, white nationalists, Klansmen, and other racists group marched, attacked counter-protesters and even one of them drove through them killing one woman and injuring another 19 protesters. Five Pieces of Paper: Stories my Hungarian Grandmother refused to tell me and other family tales. It is a show about countering hate and intolerance. It is a show about hope, it’s a show about love; It’s a show about remembering the horrors of the not-so-distant past and giving the audience an emotional multi-sensory experience along the way.

The show was created by Moti Buchboot, an Israeli artist who moved to Los Angeles in the early 90. Moti a grandson of a Holocaust survivor, reveals lessons learned from his Hungarian grandmother who began her life’s journey in a village in Hungary, survived the Holocaust, and eventually settled in a small town in Israel. Told as a personal love narrative, this emotional rollercoaster unfolds through acting, Yiddish song, puppetry, storytelling, and on-stage baking. This spiritual ritual is meant to reveal and heal the trauma of a horrifying past.

Moti Buchboot (writer, director, performer, producer) was featured in the role of Giant Blunderbore in Jack and the Beanstalk, the Panto at Santa Barbara’s Lobero Theatre. He has also been seen in Pieces of Eight at the Met Theatre (directed by Martha Gehman). He co-created Dialogos at the Unknown Theater and created and directed Love, Loss, Lust, and a Tango at the Barnsdall Theatre. He toured the world teaching and performing Argentine Tango. He has appeared in national TV commercials as well as on the History Channel, PBS, and MTV. He wrote, directed, and starred in Soul Dance, a short film that made the independent film festival circuit. He is also an author and a photographer. Recent projects include Money, the Musical directed by Michael Pollock at Second City Hollywood and Word, a puppet show directed by Roberto Ferreira at the LGBT Center’s Davidson/Valentini Theatre. He also has two short films in post-production.

Martha Gehman (original co-director) is an actress and director. She began her career as a student at the School of American Ballet under the direction of the legendary George Balanchine. She spent 10 years there and then received her BA, having studied acting and playwriting as well as experimental and improvisational theatre at Sarah Lawrence College under Wilford Leach. She is a member of New York’s Actor’s Studio and has worked with such artists as Ellen Burstyn, Ann Jackson, Arthur Penn, Lee Grant, Harvey Keitel, and Christopher Walken.

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