Based on my grandmother’s hometown of Bolochov, The Red Shoe is a historical dramatic short
based in a small town in Poland during the Nazi invasion. I don’t know much about my
Grandmother’s story, but when I learned she had a premonition she would lose her red shoes
while running through the forest (which came true), I began writing this film. Today in 2022,
antisemitism is at an all-time high. Silence is not an option. I am alive because of her and I will do
everything in my power and use my art to keep future generations of Jews alive. My goal for this
film is to shed light on the atrocities the Jewish community faced in Bolochov in 1941 in the
hopes of preventing anything like that from happening today. Never again is now. This script is
written to remind audiences that the victims of the Holocaust were real people whose futures were ripped away.
Synopsis: As Nazis invade their hometown, teenagers Fanye and Rivkah are sent on a journey
to America by their parents. Before they are able to escape their town, they are nearly captured
and are forced to run into a nearby forest for cover. An unfortunate injury slows them down even
further. Frozen in silence, as they await their fate, their past and imagined futures flash before
them. Ultimately, one of them makes a drastic decision that changes the outcome for them both.
Screenplay Accolades: Semi-finalist in the Holly Shorts Screenplay Competition (2022), Finalist
in the NYC International Screenplay Awards (2021), Semi-Finalist in the Los Angeles
International Screenplay Awards (2021), and a Semi-Finalist in the Big Apple Film Festival
Screenplay Competition (2021).
K. Lorrel Manning (director) is an award-winning writer, director, actor, and musician who
works in both theatre and film. His critically-acclaimed play Awake, which he also directed and
starred in, recently had its Off-Broadway World Premiere at the Barrow Group. He is currently
prepping his second feature film, Sheila & The Punk Rock, and the short film, The Red Shoe.
Manning has an MFA in Film from Columbia University and a BFA in Drama from the University
of Georgia. He currently teaches screenwriting and advanced acting at Sarah Lawrence College,
and he is a resident director and instructor at the Barrow Group Theatre Company and School.
Arielle Beth Klein (screenwriter) is a New York City-based writer and actor. As a performer,
she’s worked off-Broadway and regionally, as well as in independent film and Television. Her solo
play My Shiksa Boyfriend has been produced several times (Kervigo Ensemble Theater 2021,
New Yiddish Rep 2018) and was most recently seen at the United Solo Theater Festival 2022
(Theater Row). She’s also had various ten-minute plays produced, and her last film Tired Mind
had a successful eight-festival run in 2022. Arielle has developed her work at Naked Angels
NYC, F.A.B at TBG, and New Ambassadors Theater Lab. She is an instructor at The Barrow
Group Theater Company and Training Program and a Founding Core Collaborator of Kervigo