Part of the Voices From a Changing Middle East Festival
APPLES FROM THE DESERT
December 15 - January 6
by Savyon Liebrecht
Translated by Shir Freibach
Directed by Johanna Gruenhut
Featuring Blair Bowers, Sarah Marshall, Brandon McCoy, Jennifer Mendenhall and Michael Tolaydo
Originally produced by the Beit Lessin Theater in Tel Aviv
“Savyon Liebrecht is one of [Israel’s] most popular authors… She writes intelligently about ordinary people in situations that reveal the depths and passions of their lives.”- The Jerusalem Post
A poignant drama about love and reconciliation adapted by one of Israel's most beloved authors from her own short story, this hit Israeli play follows the young Sephardic Rivka, a religious teenager, who falls for Dooby, a secular kibbutznik, at a dance class in Jerusalem. She arranges to follow him back to his kibbutz in the Negev Desert, but not before Rivka's orthodox parents bar her from leaving, forcibly at first, only to chase after Rivka as she flees. A timeless and timely confrontation between tradition and modernity becomes a moving reckoning, as the sweetest of meals is offered and two generations learn to make peace. Winner of Israel’s Best Play Award, 2006.
Theater J "Angel" Sponsors: Natalie & Paul Abrams, Esthy & James Adler, Elaine Reuben, Joan Wessel, and The Selsky Foundation
The American premier of “Apples from the Desert” was presented by Theatre Or (Diane Gilboa, Producing Artistic Director) in Denver, Colorado, 2011, in association with the Mizel Arts and Culture Center.