Our Voices from a Changing Middle East Festival Launches next week and the press is on top of it. Here are the first two important piece to hit:
Washington Post: The Mideast You Don’t See on the News
Thursday, January 8, 2009; Page C11
Just as fighting between Israel and Hamas pushes again to the brink of war, Washingtonians get several chances locally to look for deeper understanding about the Middle East through the arts.
· Theater J’s Voices From a Changing Middle East festival returns next week with a series of compelling shows. First up is actress Iris Bahr’s one-woman, 11-character play, “Dai (Enough),” which is set in a Tel Aviv cafe, just moments before it is attacked by a suicide bomber. Bahr, who is perhaps best known for her role as Rachel Heinemann on “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” knows something about the modern Israeli: Though born in the Bronx, she moved to Israel at 12 and even completed Israeli army service before moving back to the United States. The show is performed off-site at Studio Theatre.
“Dai (Enough)” runs Wednesday through Jan. 18. Tickets are $35-$45; age 25 and younger, $17.50-$22.50. Studio Theatre, Milton Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW. For ticketing and a full festival schedule, visit http://www.theaterj.org
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And in this week’s Washington Jewish Week:
A one-woman play on the Mideast conflict
by Lisa Traiger
Desperation, frustration, anguish, despair, rage. For Israelis, it’s enough. In Hebrew, it’s the existential cry of dai — enough.
Dai is also Israeli American actor Iris Bahr’s searing one-woman show, which opens Theater J’s three-month-long Voices From a Changing Middle East Festival Wednesday at the Studio Theater in the District, through Jan. 18 only. The festival also includes two additional works by Israeli playwrights: The Accident by Hillel Mitelpunkt (Feb. 4-March 9) and Benedictus by Motti Lerner (April 16-May 24).
Bahr is a gifted rising writer/performer whom many remember from her turn as high-strung Orthodox Rachel Heineman on Larry David’s cable hit Curb Your Enthusiasm, as well as from guest shot opportunities, ranging from The King of Queens to Friends to — yes — Larry, The Cable Guy.
But Dai is, perhaps, her most personal work yet, dealing with her feelings and observations as both an Israeli and an outsider amid the ongoing conflict that permeates life in the Jewish state. A one-woman tour de force for which Bahr created and performs the nearly dozen distinctive characters, Dai last year received two New Drama Desk Awards and the 2008 Lucille Lortel Award for outstanding solo show. Performing in Tel Aviv, she worried that the monologues depicting random Israelis thrown together in a cafe immediately before a suicide bombing would be too raw, too close-to-home for Israelis to stomach.
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