About Sarah's War
The Israeli/Palestinian Conflict on Stage: Challenges and Breakthroughs
March 28th, 2010 - 7pm curtain
Since September 11th the Middle East has become a frequent subject for American theatre. We will ask, what is the role that theatre might play in representing the divergent histories of Israeli and Palestinian peoples, and the conflict today? How are the conflict's dramas and cycles of violence portrayed on stage? What are the successes and failures in theatre's attempt to represent the changing geo-political landscape of the region?
Saleem is a Palestinian-American performer/playwright, author of "Salam Shalom": An Israeli and a Palestinian man meet in Los Angeles, face their own prejudices and fall in love, only for that love to be challenged upon returning to Jerusalem.
Wendy Graf is a Jewish-American playwright, author of the up coming production "Behind the Gates": A seventeen year old American girl goes on a school trip to Israel and disappears into the haredi community. Her parents must journey to Israel to search for her.
Ellen Shipley the director of "Desert Sunrise": A chance meeting between a Palestinian shepherd and an Israeli soldier who are both seeking shelter in a desert valley in the Israeli occupied West Bank.
Valerie Dillman is an actress and playwright of "Sarah's War" which just finished its run at the Pacific Resident Theatre in Venice: A young American student passionate about social justice travels to the Gaza Strip with the International Solidarity Movement.