The Soap Myth

Author: Jeff Cohen

The Soap Myth

Description: A young journalist explores the controversy surrounding the Nazi atrocity of making soap from the fat of murdered Jews – weighing a holocaust survivor’s eye-witness testimony against scholars’ insistence on evidentiary fact as a primary criteria and the pressures imposed by historical “revisionists” – i.e. anti-Semitic holocaust deniers. The play explores how history itself is determined.
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2009
Date Added: 11/13/2011
Content Advisory: Adult themes. No profanity, no sexual content
1 Act, 90 Minutes
2 Females, 2 Males

NOTE: The English language stock and amateur stage performance rights in this Play are controlled exclusively by the playwright. No professional or nonprofessional performance of the Play may be given without obtaining, in advance, the written permission of the playwright. Inquiries concerning all rights should be addressed to Joan Kovats at

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Keywords: Characters are Mostly Seniors · Characters are Mostly Young Adults · Documentary · Drama · Historical · Jewish · Naturalism/Realism · Politics · Single Set · Small Cast Size · War

Original Production Information

An earlier version of The Soap Myth was originally presented by Dog Run Rep in association with Pat Blake as an AEA Showcase at South Street Seaport in July, 2009, with the following cast and credits:

Annie Blumberg: Katia Asche
Milton Saltzman: Joel Friedman
Esther Feinman/Brenda Goodsen: Louisa Flaningam
Comic/Daniel Silver/Col. Smirnov: Victor Barbella
Rabbi Schmooey Potash/ David Kaufman/Mazur/Neeley: John Plumpis

Director:  Larissa Lury
Producer:  Deanna Henson
Stage Manager: Donovan Dolan
Set Design: Heather Wolensky
Lighting Design: Jay Scott
Costume Design: Justin Hall
Press Rep: Shirley Herz