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The First Train is a story told by a cobbler who mends children's shoes. A pile of small, worn shoes grows in the front of the stage, an ominous reminder of the countless victims of the Holocaust and ethnic cleansing.
The story is the recollection of a young boy who watches as the train for deportation arrives in his town. He recalls only his mother, her flight with him, her hiding him in a factory box, her words telling him to wait until she returns, and then the sounds of struggle, destruction, and finally the train departing.
Daniel Keene's collaboration with director Ariette Taylor—the Keene/Taylor Theatre Project—was critically acclaimed both locally and overseas.
The First Train was first performed as part of KTTP Season 13 in 2001.