Play Synopsis - Address Unknown
Address Unknown tells the story of two German expatriates who left Germany in 1918 just after the end of the First World War. The two friends settled in San Francisco where they became partners in a successful art gallery.
One of the partners Martin, a German-born gentile, returns to Germany in 1932 with his wife and children, and re-establishes himself in Munich. Max, a German Jew, remains in San Francisco to run the art gallery.
Max and Martin stay in contact with each other through their letter writing which we as an audience are privy to. Politics on a worldwide scale overwhelm the friends, and as the Nazi Party rises to power, betrayal and revenge threaten all they hold dear. Address Unknown dramatically portrays the rise of fascism and its unrelenting effect on the human soul.
Address Unknown is a story as urgent in importance today as when it was written as a novel by Katherine Kressmann Taylor in 1939.