The last time Aaron Davidman performed on our stage, he and fellow members of Traveling Jewish Theater, where he is Artistic Director, brought us to ancient Israel with God’s Donkey (A Play on Moses). The view on Israel and the Jewish people he showed us there is not the view he brings us now with his new one man show: CHASING JUSTICE/SEEKING TRUTH: or It’s Just Not That Safe Anymore.
In the piece, Aaron explores the pursuit of idealism and the making of martyrs in the Information Age. Taking stock of some of the recent controversies that have divided Americans and American Jews, Davidman untangles the Rachel Corrie controversy, considers the anatomy of anti-Semitism, reflects on the spirit of dissent and what’s left of the Left. Chasing Justice follows one man from America to the Middle East on a quest to answer some of the most provocative questions of our time.
Here is an excerpt from the script:
In 2003 a 23 year-old woman named Rachel Corrie dies when she’s run over by an Israeli military bulldozer in Gaza while acting as a human shield to protect Palestinian homes from being demolished, and a few years later some Brits make a play about her and it’s well received in London and when they want to bring the play to New York there’s a big controversy because the New York theatre that’s going to produced it suddenly postpones it because they say times are sensitive for the Jewish community, because they say they need more time to prepare, but the Brits say the play is being canceled and they’re pissed and they cry “censorship!” and a famous British actress even weighs in calling it “an act of catastrophic cowardice” and the American theatre intelligentsia goes wild, it is censorship-it’s not censorship–and accusations of a Jewish conspiracy to silence dissent quickly rise up from the underbelly of the American Left and those of us who are Jewish and theatre artists and who like to think of ourselves as progressive people who by-and-large don’t think too kindly of military bulldozers that run over non-violent activists and who tend to think that young writers who happened to have been killed while standing up for what they believe in should, at least, have the chance to have their material heard by the public even if their words might be controversial and probably especially because they are controversial, in other words, those of us who align ourselves on the Jewish Left, for lack of a better categorization, we stand on the sidelines of this explosive debate and watch in horror as if a slow-motion train-wreck were on a video loop above us as we’re strapped into the dentist chair having a root canal. Read More