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Updated: April 16, 2018

Baranovsky Family, Exodus from Russia

I have finished and am marketing Flow of Life, which is Part 1 of my four-part epic called Baranovsky Family, Exodus from Russia.  This project is potentially a huge book/music/movie franchise that I hope to sell to a large media company.  


Part 2, currently 438 pages, is in editing.  Parts 3 and 4 are researched, outlined and ready to write.


The musical part of the project is a 14-song score composed by my collaborator, Moisey Gorbaty, upon whose life the story is based. The score provides an overview of the saga and is yet another factor that will sell this project. (Please click on: https://youtu.be/9akmLQ2bGDs or go to YouTube and search for Moisey Gorbaty.)


The world has been riveted by countless stories about Nazi Germany. However, few people with exceptional stories about the Soviet Union survived to tell the tale. This unique, heart-wrenching story is just the first of four books that will total at least 1,000 pages.  


The audience for these books is millions of Americans, Russians, Jews and really all human beings who appreciate an original story about survival and succeeding against all odds.


Music is a thread throughout the books as a metaphor for life. The saga shows that life, like music, has dramatic ups and downs, requires hard work and with persistence can lead to unbridled success. 



Summary of Baranovksy Family, Exodus from Russia

By Tim Turner and Moisey Gorbaty 


Part 1, Flow of Life.  


Moisey’s grandfather Elazor was nearly murdered as a child in the Kishinev Pogrom of 1903. This unprecedented depiction of the pogrom reveals the engine – culturally ingrained anti-Semitism -- that drives the exodus from Russia 86 years later. 


The book also: makes you feel part of Moisey’s family coming from peasants on one side and wealthy merchants on the other; dramatizes their decline into communism; reveals the horrors they endure during World War II; unveils what they experience in the war’s aftermath; and celebrates how his parents Isaac and Rivka survive.  


Part 2, Power of Music


This is the story of Moisey – born the son of Isaac and Rivka in 1950 – a child prodigy accordion player with perfect pitch. By age 15 he conducts bands for communist unions while suffering an adolescence with his war-hero father in prison for appraising gold. Influenced by jazz and the Beatles, Moisey advances through conservatory, a year in the Soviet military and numerous adventures too good to spoil, providing a glimmering example of how music can free the world. 


Part 3, Exodus from Russia


Moisey, a 38-year-old celebrity musician/teacher/piano technician gives up everything the minute the Soviet Union collapses to get out. With his wife, 3-year-old daughter, elderly parents and extended family he: boards a train with thousands; gets through a harrowing final border-control stop in Chop, Ukraine; arrives in Vienna to an epic escort by the Austrian military; spends 90 days in a refugee camp in Vienna; endures another 6 months in a refugee camp near Rome; and saves $10,000 playing his accordion in Roman subway stations.  


Part 4, America


This finale dramatizes Moisey’s remarkable grit and determination that leads to a better life as a piano technician in Los Angeles despite immigrating as a middle-aged husband and father, having very little money and not speaking English. 

In connection with this project, I can now read, write, touch type and am conversational in Russian.

I am also studying piano. 

High Time

In 2009, I wrote a play called High Time, about the battle to legalize medical marijuana.  This is the second play I have co-written with William Dolphin.  The play is based on the true story of an activist who was growing medical marijuana under California law when the federal government busted him and made a show trial of his efforts to help the sick and dying.  

We have also adapted High Time into a screenplay.

Check out William Dolphin's website:  www.williamdolphin.com

Out Late

Out Late has been adapted into a screenplay.  

Neela Vaswani, Ph.D. used Out Late as a text to spur discussion during the sexuality segment of his "American Literature as Cultural Studies" course at Knox College in Indiana (spring term 2009) .  

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"In 1962 we had the Cuban Missile Crisis and we lost Marilyn Monroe... but, we gained an important playwright, Tim Turner."  -- Rod McKuen


TT Productions & Harry Prongue, 
n association with Macha Theatre/Films 
presented the wo
rld premier of 
June 29 to Aug. 12, 2007. 
by David Galligan.

Starring: Nic d’Avirro, Judy Jean Berns,

Kasey Mahaffy and Megan Maureen McDonough

Production Stage manager: Adrian Tafoya
Casting: Michael Donovan, CSA
Casting Associate: Peter Matyas
Marketing and Publicity: David Elzer /DEMAND PR
Set Design: Dorian Vernacchio
Costume Design: A. Jeffrey Schoenberg
Sound Design : Philip G. Allen
Lighting Design: Michael Zinman
House Manager: Jennifer Palumbo


Macha Theatre, (formerly The Globe Playhouse)

1107 N. Kings Road, West Hollywood (Next to Hugo’s Restaurant)

Thurs., Fri., Sat. at 8 p.m., Sun. at 3 p.m.

A 65-year-old doctor, husband and father meets a young man and comes out of the closet in a funny, heart-wrenching drama about the senior male as sex symbol, intergenerational relationships and female sexual dysfunction.

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In 2005, Tim Turner produced TALES FROM HOLLYWOOD BOULEVARD, an evening of eight short plays.  Six playwrights, seven directors and twenty actors enjoyed a showcase of their talents for 11 performances.  Turner's AFTER THREE DAYS was one of the plays produced.  It was directed by David Galligan. The show ran for one month, Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights from April 30 to May 22, 2005 at The Actors' Playpen in Hollywood.  Backstage West wrote a rave review about the show. The production was funded by a grant from the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Community Foundation.

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IN 2004, as managing director of The Playwrights Group, Turner produced SEVEN PLAYWRIGHTS EXPOSING THEMSELVES, an evening of eight short plays, from April 17 to May 9, 2004 at The Gardner Stages in Hollywood.  Turner's VAMONOS was one of the plays produced.  It was directed by David Galligan.  The show ran Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights for 11 performances, six of which were sold out.  Besides producing the work of seven members of The Playwrights Group, the production showcased the work of eight directors and eighteen actors. The production was funded by a grant from the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Community Foundation.