Punch Me in the Stomach


Text Deb Filler and Alison Summers
Direction Alison Summers

1991/92 Season

Read Synopsis

Punch Me in the Stomach is a black comedy celebrating one family’s survival and ultimate triumph.  The play is a synthesis of Ms. Filler’s New York City experiences, her New Zealand background and her life as the child of an Auschwitz survivor.  Filled with childhood recollections and vivid family characterizations, Punch Me in the Stomach culminates with Ms. Filler’s father’s 65th birthday party when the far-flung Filler family reunites at the Auckland Sheraton for a night of potato pancakes, herring, ham (!) and memories.  Inspired by a recent trip with her father to several Eastern European concentration camps, Punch Me in the Stomach humorously explores how her father’s imprisonment, survival and resulting celebrity has colored Ms. Filler’s world.

Scenic Design George Xenos
Lighting Design Pat Dignan
Sound Design Mark Bennett
Stage Manager Thom Widmann

with Deb Filler