Israel Onstage 2009

Morrison Stage - Artists Repertory Theatre
June 30, July 7 and 14, 2009

Plays Presented:
Women's Minyan by Naomi Ragen
Banality of Love by Savyon Liebrecht"
Plonter by Yael Ronen and Ensemble

Sacha Reich & Karin Magaldi

Patricia Hunter, Jamie M. Rea, Andy Lee-Hillstrom, Doren Elias, Matt Dieckman, David Berkson*, Ana Reiselman, Bobby Bermea*, Wendy Wilcox, Nick Ferrucci, Lior Zadok, Christi Miles*, Sara Simon, Wendy Westerwelle, Hannah Treuhaft, Alyson Ayn Osborn, Elizabeth Garrett, Alana Byington, Skeeter Greene, Mark Loring and Sam A. Mowry.

*Member of Actor's Equity Association

The Harold Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies at PSU, the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland, the Oregon Israel Fund of the Oregon Jewish Community Foundation, the Consulate General of Israel in San Francisco and the Institute of Israeli Drama.

June 30
Women's Minyan
By Naomi Ragen

There is no such thing as a Women's Minyan in the Haredi (ultra-orthodox) community, but Chana Sheinhoff empowers one when she challenges 10 women to truly listen and honestly judge her, a social pariah - their daughter, sister and former friend. Her claims of domestic violence are blasphemous to the entire community and the women chart a challenging course, torn by loyalties, hidden wounds and strict social codes.
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July 7
Banality of Love
By Savyon Liebrecht

Banality of Love sits us down with an aging Hannah Arendt near the end of her life, anxious for a chance at reconciliation with Israel. A hotheaded Israeli interviewer presses her to examine her unrepentant love affair with Martin Heidegger, evoking memories of a lifelong love story of the body and mind, which powerfully shaped her. Nevertheless, she awakens to its own banality.
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July 14
By Yael Ronen and Ensemble

Created by an ensemble of Arab and Jewish Israelis, Plonter (Meaning Tangle) is a collage of sketches that both send chills up your spine and make your body shake with laughter, capturing the diverse and parallel experiences of people on both sides of the fence, brutalized and dehumanized by the Second Intifada. Its pathos and satirical humor are ultimately humanizing, leaving one aching for the children, young and younger who bear the cost of the protracted conflict.
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