Green Party playwright


Divide the Living Child

Terry Baum

by Tibi Z. Singer

BIMA-NY and the Stanton Street Synagogue present a staged reading and the New York premiere of Terry Baum’s play, Divide the Living Child. Set in Amsterdam in 1943, this powerful play tells the story of a Jewish mother and daughter who are offered refuge by a devout Christian woman. All seems well at first, but the suspicions of neighbors and the desire to “save a young girl’s soul” transform this sanctuary into a setting just as dangerous as the home they left behind.

The playwright, Terry Baum (born November 27, 1946), lives in San Francisco. In 2004, she ran for the United States House of Representatives as a member of the Green Party, against then House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. Baum’s political career began in 1970 when she worked as an aide to Bella Abzug during her congressional campaign. She also worked in campaigns for George McGovern, Walter Mondale and Bill Clinton. Baum left the Democratic Party in favor of the Green Party in early 2003.

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