Israel Onstage 2010

Artists Repertory Theatre
June 29 and July 6, 13 2010

Plays Presented:
He Walked through the Fields by Moshe Shamir
High Noon by 3hmuel Vilozhni
Milano by Shmuel Hasfari

Sacha Reich & Karin Magaldi

Luisa Sermol*, Rick Sanders, Tod Tolces, Heidi Hunter, Wendy Wilcox, Cristi Miles*, Mark Loring, Cory Huff, Jake Rossman, Matt Dieckman, David Berkson*, Todd Tolces, Wendy Wilcox, Jamie M. Rea, Christopher Schuring, Victor Mack*, Otniel Henig, Mark Loring, Heidi Hunter, Elizabeth Garrett, Skeeter Greene*, Shuhe Hawkins, Matt Volner, Matthew Dieckman, Sam Mowry, Samuel D. Dinkowitz, Mark Loring

The Harold Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies at PSU with support from The Institute of Israeli Drama The Oregon Israel Fund of the Oregon Jewish Community Foundation, & The Consulate General of Israel in San Francisco

June 29, 2010
He Walked in the Fields
By Moshe Shamir

This play was performed throughout the state during the War of Independence. It looks at the founding of the State, Kibbutz, the Palmach and the founding ideals of the Israel defense forces. It is already conscious of the tensions between serving the greater good and serving the individual. A humorous, love story full of entertaining characters with a heartbreak end.
Program (PDF)
Background (PDF)

July 6, 2010
High Noon
Adapted from I didn't Execute the Mission
By Arieh Segev by Shmuel Vilozhny

The trauma of the 1973 Yom Kippur War caused irreparable shifts in the Israeli psyche, scarring a generation, leaving fault lines throughout Israeli Society that continue to shape its socio-political landscape. In a coordinated and surprise attack on Yom Kippur, approximately 180 Israeli tanks faced an onslaught of 1,400 Syrian tanks. Along the Suez Canal, fewer than 500 Israeli defenders were attacked by 80,000 Egyptians. Nationally it was a disaster; socially, it was a catastrophe. Nearly 2700 men were killed in two weeks of fighting. This play draws you into the debriefing room of a returned POW from the Suez front as Officer and Soldier wrestle with the implications of the war.
Program (PDF)
Background (PDF)

July 13, 2010
By Shmuel Hasfari

It's the World Cup and the Israeli Team HaPoel has made it to the quarter finals against Italy. But because of frequent terrorist attacks (Intifada 2, 2001), the home game will be played in nearby Cyprus. Fans take to the skies, a welcome escape and opportunity to embrace communal enthusiasm and pride. They of course bring their baggage with them or it reaches them by cell phone. This crazy epic ride thru Cyprus and Milano makes for hysterical sitcom moments and troubling a-hah moments that capture secular Israel in the new millennium.
Program (PDF)
Background (PDF)