2010 - 2011 Voices of a Changing Middle East Festival: Portraits of Home

 

Anchored by the Cameri Theatre Production of
Return to Haifa

January 15 - 30

Adapted by Boaz Gaon from the novella by Ghassan Kanafani
Directed by Sinai Peter 

A cross-cultural collaboration from the Israeli company that brought their kinetic Hamlet to DC in 2007, this heart-rending saga tells the story of Sa’id and Saffiyah, who return to the home they fled and learn the fate of the baby they left behind. Now a young soldier, Dov meets his birth parents while cleaving to the Holocaust survivors who raised him. Performed in Hebrew with English sur-titles.

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Additional readings complementing Return to Haifa  Performed by an assembly of some of DC's finest actors! 

All readings and performances $10 each or buy a festival pass for all nine events for only $50! 

 

 ARGENTINA
by Boaz Gaon 
Directed by Sinai Peter

Featuring Noa Baum, Jenifer Deal, Rick Foucheux, Erez Kahana, Michael Kramer, Alexander Strain and Michael Willis

Friday, January 21, 2:00 pm
A new work by the adapter of RETURN TO HAIFA 
The Israeli daughter of a “disappeared” Argentinean Jew visits the former Ambassador to Argentina hoping to discover what became of her father 20 years earlier during the junta’s rise to power.

SINGLE TICKETS ($5 each)

FESTIVAL PASS (Only $50 for all 9 readings!)


A RAILWAY TO DAMASCUS
by Hillel Mitelpunkt

Directed by Sinai Peter

Featuring Dan Crane, Lindsay Haynes, Erez Kahana, Michael Kramer, Jennifer Mendenhall, Eric Messner, Jay Saunders, Michael Tolaydo and Nisim Zohar

Monday, January 24, 7:30 pm
By the acclaimed author of THE ACCIDENT
Haifa, 1942. With the German army approaching and tensions between Jews and Arabs on the rise, the British contemplate retreat. Sara is caught in a swirl of betrayal, fanaticism, and fear.

SINGLE TICKETS ($10 each)

FESTIVAL PASS (Only $50 for all 9 readings!)



THE PROMISE
by Ben Brown

Directed by Jason Schlafstein

Featuring Norman Aronovic, Conrad Feininger,David Bryan Jackson, Michael Kramer, Mark Krawczyk,John Lescault, Jason Lott,Stephen Patrick Martin, Paul Morella, Marni Penning, Bob Rogerson and Jerry Whiddon

Monday, January 31, 7:30 pm
England, 1917. Future President of Israel, Chaim Weizman entreats Lord Arthur Balfour and battles with Edwin Montagu and other notable figures in “this even-handed, well-researched look back at history-in-the-making. As welcome as it is quietly fascinating.” (The Telegraph)

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FESTIVAL PASS (Only $50 for all 9 readings!)



TO PAY THE PRICE
by Peter-Adrian Cohen
Directed by Robert Kalfin

Featuring: Frank Anderson, Roger Clark, George Kareman, Dan Sickles and Grace Zandarski

Saturday, February 5, 8:00 pm
A theatrical biography of Jonathan “Yoni” Netanyahu (brother of Benjamin), the only Israeli fatality of the 1976 rescue of Jewish hostages at the Entebbe airport in Uganda.

SINGLE TICKETS ($10 each)

FESTIVAL PASS (Only $50 for all 9 readings!)



***I’M SPEAKING TO YOU CHINESE
by Savyon Liebrecht

Directed by Allison Stockman

Featuring Noa Baum, Laura Harris, Stephen Patrick Martin, Jennifer Mendenhall, Helen Pafumi and James Whalen

Monday, February 7, 7:30 pm
By the author of APPLES FROM THE DESERT  
The story of an Israeli family’s struggle after the Holocaust. Dark desires, secret love affairs, and the price of real estate make up the landscape of this funny, heart-breaking memory play.

SINGLE TICKETS ($10 each)

FESTIVAL PASS (Only $50 for all 9 readings!)

***  Tickets must be purchased by February 4. Must have photo ID.



WRESTLING JERUSALEM
by Aaron Davidman

Directed by Aaron Posner

Saturday, February 12, 8:00 pm
Featuring Aaron Davidman
This tour-de-force solo performance takes us on one man’s journey from progressive summer camp in upstate New York to the confounding realities of modern day Israel; from Jerusalem to Ramallah; from idealism, to despair, to new hope. Giving voice to over a dozen characters, the play transcends barriers and reveals the complex stories that often lay buried deep in the hearts of those at the center of the Arab-Israeli conflict.

SINGLE TICKETS ($10 each)

FESTIVAL PASS (Only $50 for all 9 readings!)



HOUR OF FEELING and URGE FOR GOING
Two plays by Mona Mansour

Directed by Lise Bruneau

Featuring Maboud Ebrahimzadeh, Laura Giannarelli, Laura Harris, Lee Liebeskind and Rasha Zamamiri

Monday, February 14, 7:00 pm
In 1967, a Palestinian academic arrives in England where he delivers a career-defining lecture. Presented with its sequel (presented last spring) depicting family life in a Lebanese refugee camp.

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VIA DOLOROSA
by David Hare

Originally directed for Theater J by Nick Olcott

Saturday, February 19, 8:00 pm
Featuring David Bryan Jackson
A reprise of our acclaimed production of master playwright David Hare’s journey to Israel, the West Bank and Gaza. As relevant as it was a decade ago when it launched our Peace Café forum.

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THE ADMISSION
by Motti Lerner

Directed by Sinai Peter

Featuring Dan Crane, Lindsay Haynes, Stephen Patrick Martin, Jennifer Mendenhall, Jay Saunders, Salma Shaw and Michael Tolaydo

Sunday, February 27, 7:30 pm
From the acclaimed author of BENEDICTUS and PANGS OF THE MESSIAH
Giora, a battle-wounded professor, is engaged to Neta but still in love with Samia. Searching for truth about his father’s recently revealed war-time past, he threatens to break the family apart.

SINGLE TICKETS ($10 each)

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The 2011 Voices From a Changing Middle East Festival: Portraits of Home is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts and a grant from The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington to support Israel Programming in the Arts.

This engagement of The Cameri Theatre is a DC Performing Arts Presenters Initiative project, made possible through funding by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

The Cameri Theatre's residency is also supported by the Fisher Family Foundation Visiting Artist Endowment Fund.

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