Esther is a poet, a refugee from Nazi Germany, now in Stockholm with her ailing mother but facing deportation back to Berlin. Helga, a visionary Swedish painter, becomes her intimate friend and confidante. These two driven artists are thrown together as the last winter of World War II approaches and Helga hides Esther in her dilapidated country barn. Both are coming to terms with loves lost, political betrayal, uncertain legacies, and the price of neutrality. HELGA & ESTHER is a play about the enduring need for art, allegiances, and love in dangerous times.