Middle East Festival 2009 -2010
Anchored by MIKVEH
By Hadar Galron
Directed by Shirley Serotsky
May 5 - June 5, 2010
Inside the secretive world of the ritual bath, eight women’s stories unfold in this sensitive depiction of religious observance and evolving feminist consciousness. A knowledgeable examination of traditions and ritual, this hit Israeli play explores the ever evolving position of women in Israeli society.
(Note: this play contains nudity.)
Monday, May 10, 2010 at 7:30
Spotlight on Savyon Liebrecht: APPLES FROM THE DESERT & THE BANALITY OF LOVE
Directed By Kasi Campbell
Featuring: Eliza Bell, Aubrey Deeker, Laura Giannarelli, Kathryn Kelley, Paul Morella, Michael Tolaydo
In Apples from the Dessert, adapted from Leibrecht’s own short story, after a young Sephardic woman goes to live on a secular kibbutz her orthodox parents come to retrieve her, forcibly at first, until a more gentle resolution is achieved.
In The Banality of Love, Philosopher Hannah Arendt is questioned by an Israeli journalist about her past with Martin Heidegger and her more recent writings about Eichman in Jerusalem. A revealing portrait emerges.
Monday, May 17, 2010 at 7:30
GAMES IN THE BACKYARD
By Edna Mazya
Directed by Rahaleh Nassri
Featuring: Lucas Beck, James Flanagan, Laura Harris, Danny Gavigan, Jay Saunders
A highly-energized courtroom drama, based on real events, with frequent flashbacks to a year before when fifteen-year-old Dvori was raped by four boys living on Kibbutz Gan Veradim. Or was it consensual sex? A society examines itself and its occasional stumbling into mortifying violence. One of Israel’s most produced dramas since 1993.
Friday, May 21, 2010 at 2 pm
By Dafna Rubinstein & James Turpin
Directed by Johanna Gruenhut
Featuring: Lucas Beck, Lise Bruneau, Daniel Eichner, Laura Harris, Michael Tolaydo
A year after the death of 19 old Yoav and the Rozen family still hasn’t fully dealt with his loss. Gil, an army reporter comes to the flat looking for a story for his paper's Independence Day edition. Yoav returns as a ghost. A look at grief, war, and family from a new Israeli writer in collaboration with her Rose Bruford College classmate, where this acclaimed new drama first was staged.
Monday, May 24, 2010 at 7:30
OUT OF SILENCE: Readings From the Afghan Women’s Writing Project
Directed by: Jessica Lefkow
Featuring: Allyson Currin, Jessica Francis Dukes, Hannah Hessel, Elmina Kulasic, Rahaleh Nassri, Adrienne Nelson, Erika Rose, Dawn Ursula, Zehra Fazal
Hear the compelling, often silenced voices of Afghan women in this compilation of prose, poetry and story telling that was created on-line in collaboration with American writers to produce this outpouring of creative expression. An evening to raise awareness, in conjunction with the Afghan Women’s Writing Project.
Monday, May 31, 2010 at 7:30
Headscarf and the Angry Bitch
By Zehra Fazal
A solo artist’s semi-musical fully-comic examination of life as a Muslim from Pakistan growing up as an American girl in the suburbs. A culture clash with a soundtrack, we also learn about the differences between “halal” and “hadod” and its similarity to Jewish corollaries. The winner of the 2009 Capital Fringe Festival Audience Favorite Award.
Monday, June 7, 2010 at 7:30
URGE FOR GOING
By Mona Mansour
Directed by Shirley Serotsky
Featuring: Lynn Chavis, Zehra Fazal,Manolo Santalla, Alexander Strain, Michael Tolaydo and David Emerson Toney
In this quirky comedy about hope, history and Baywatch, 17-year-old Jamila, a Palestinian born in a Lebanese refugee camp, is desperate to pass her exams so she can escape the slum she calls home. But leaving the camp means leaving behind her family, especially her father, who both encourages her learning and resents her opportunity.
This festival is sponsored in part by the NEA.