Kalman Kivkovich (Kiwkowicz) is a retired architect, an artist, author and playwright.  He is a man of many continents; born in Kazakhstan in 1945 to Polish nationals, lived in Poland, Israel, Italy and for the last 37 years in the USA.  CLUSF (Italy) published his first nonfiction in 1975, titled “Nuovo Modello: Università Suddivisa in Nuclei.”  His first play, In the Vise of Evils, based on the book, was awarded Cincinnati Playwrights Initiative’s unprecedented two performances in 2007, setting CPI’s highest attendance record.  Embers from the Ashes: A Girl's Holocaust Diary, his second play, received a full-house public staged reading in May 2008.  Embers from the Ashes is about a recently-found diary of a Będzin girl, Rutka Laskier.  A Stop in Paris entertained a full house in May 2009.  The latter tells of the author’s brush with death in the tragic loss of a friend.  To date CPI has selected six of Kivkovich’s plays.  Kalman was elected President of CPI in May 2010.  He is working on another Holocaust-themed play about a celebrated, world-renowned violinist, Henry Meyer—From Auschwitz to Cincinnati: The Surviving Tunes  Kalman met his lovely wife, Sandi, on the dance floor; they are both avid ballroom dancers.  She is his partner, FRIEND and copyeditor.  They reside in Cincinnati, Ohio.





    Author and Playwright Kalman Kivkovich







Also by Kalman Kivkovich



Nuovo Modello: Università Suddivisa in Nuclei

Ambiente - Spazio - Struttura



From Auschwitz to Cincinnati: The Surviving Tunes

From Auschwitz to Cincinnati: The Surviving Tunes (Monologue)

An Apartment for Rent

Hell on I-71 

Cicadas on Us

A Stop in Paris

Embers from the Ashes: A Girl’s Holocaust Diary

In the Vise of Evils



Cincinnati Playwrights Initiative (CPI):

CPI New Voices Presents

From Auschwitz to Cincinnati: The Surviving Tunes

Written by Kalman Kivkovich

Directed by Ed Cohen


The play is based on the life of a phenomenal violinist and Holocaust survivor, Henry Meyer. We get a glimpse into one of the deepest and darkest pits of human history -- recent history. We seize the enormous desire to survive against all odds. We witness a success story of one very lucky man.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011 at &:30 PM

Aronoff Center for the Arts, Jarson-Kaplan Theater (downtown Cincinnati, Ohio)

$7 ($4 students)

Buy tickets now:  513-621-2787  or online   http://www.cincinnatiarts.org/index.jsp?eventDetail=1&event_id=1147

For more go to:  http://www.cinciplaywrights.org/ 





Friday, April 16, 2010
Interview with Playwright Kalman Kivkovich

Interview by Tom Carozza

Cincinnati playwright Kalman Kivkovich returned to the Aronoff Center on March 9, 2010, with a trio of new, one-act plays. The staged readings of An Apartment for Rent, Hell on I-71, and Cicadas on Us, were presented as a part of the Cincinnati Playwrights Initiative (CPI) New Voices Series. I sat down with him a few days later to learn more about this Cincinnati architect turned playwright.

What made you start writing plays?

My wife Sandi and I were standing in line to see a show at the Cincinnati Ensemble Theater. An architect friend, who happened to design the renovated establishment, knew about my Holocaust-themed novel “In the Vise of Evils.” He suggested that I write a play adaptation of the book. I liked the idea. First I tried to find an established playwright to tackle the assignment. D. Lynn Meyers, the Producing and Artistic Director of Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati, suggested local playwright Joe McDonough. Joe liked it, but lacked the time to tackle the project. He suggested joining the Cincinnati Playwrights Initiative (CPI), a local group that supports emerging playwrights. Well, I pulled up my sleeves and a play was born.

What inspired the three short plays?

Because of my family’s experiences, most of my writing converges on the Holocaust theme, but these three plays break out of this genre and in many aspects. All three are short; two embrace a comedy genre; all sprang out of some personal experiences and sautéed in the author’s imagination.

What inspired me to write the comedy Apartment for Rent? …... Mmmmm . . . I take the Fifth.

The drama Hell on I-71 is a 1985 true story; if it had ended more tragically, I wouldn’t be here to tell it.

Cicadas on Us has a story within a story. Sarah Strickley, a former moderator of InkTank writing group, presented us with a few of her undeveloped titles. “Take it to wherever your imagination can travel to, it’s yours.” My wife and I selected “My father claims to have captured fifty cicadas in glass jars.” Sandi wrote a poem, which later got published. I wrote a short story that ultimately became a ten-minute play.

I know you have written several other plays as well, has anything happened with them?

The Cincinnati Playwrights Initiative awarded my first play, In the Vise of Evils, an unprecedented two performances of staged readings in 2007, both sold out. It is the story of my family caught in a vise of two evils, the Nazis and the Soviets during World War II.

My second play, Embers from the Ashes: A Girl’s Holocaust Diary, was loosely based on a recently found journal of a young girl, Rutka Laskier. It also brought a full house in 2008, and is still in consideration in New York for a Holocaust-related-plays festival. Last I heard was that the slow economy pushed the plan to a back burner.

My third play, A Stop in Paris, entertained a full house in 2009, again at the Aronoff through CPI. This play is about the tragic effects of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Have you published works other than plays?

Yes, in 1975, a book about the planning of schools and campuses. The translation of the Italian title is: “New Model: University Divided in Nucleus.” My novel, “In the Vise of Evils,” is to be published this year.

What are you inspired to write next?

I am working on a few projects.

One is another Holocaust-themed play about the celebrated local violinist, Henry Meyer. “From Auschwitz to Cincinnati: the Surviving Tunes.” This play is completed in two versions: dialogue and monologue.

Another complicated undertaking is al-Dura: Truth and Deception. I am in an advanced stage of research about an incident that took place in the Middle East, on September 30, 2000. Philippe Karsenty, a French media critic and founder of the website Media-Ratings, claims that French 2 television station broadcast a falsified report about the killing of a Palestinian boy, Muhammad al-Durra, by Israeli fire.

Kalman is a retired architect, artist, author and playwright. He is a man of many continents; born in Kazakhstan in 1945 to Polish nationals, Kalman lived in Poland, Israel, Italy, and for the last 37 years in Cincinnati. Kalman met his lovely wife, Sandi, on the dance floor – they are both avid ballroom dancers. She is his partner, friend and copy editor; they reside in Cincinnati, Ohio.