About the Play
Adapted from Sala’s Gift by Ann Kirschner, Letters to Sala by Arlene Hutton is based on the true story of a young girl's survival during wartime Germany. To date, the play has been performed in more than 100 high schools, universities, repertory companies, and off-Broadway.
Five years. Seven Nazi labor camps. Over 350 hidden letters.
Sala Garncarz Kirschner kept her secret for over fifty years, concealing her incredibly painful history in an old Spill and Spell box. Everything changes when Sala reveals the cache to her grown daughter, Ann.
LETTERS TO SALA has a flexible cast size and flexible staging. Images of the actual letters and photos of the real people are available online for projections, programs and displays. Sala's letters, which were displayed in a special exhibition at the New York Public Library in 2006, are an important addition to Holocaust research. As one journalist noted, these letters are "the greatest find since Anne Frank's diary."