Jewish Children’ Comes to D.C. Already Upstaged by Controversy
By Monica Hesse
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, March 17, 2009; C01
The four-day run of a 10-minute play later this month in Washington has raised a very large philosophical question: Where does the art stop and the politics begin?
The play in question is “Seven Jewish Children: A Play for Gaza,” an abstract, free-form work by British playwright Caryl Churchill. In it, seven unnamed characters discuss how to teach their children about complex events in Jewish history, from the Holocaust to the creation of Israel to the recent violence in Gaza.
As a work of art, “Seven Jewish Children” is “deftly constructed, evocative, elusive and provocative,” says Ari Roth. He is the artistic director of the Jewish Community Center’s Theater J in Northwest Washington, where staged readings of the play will be offered on March 26 and 28. (Collaborator Forum Theatre in Northeast Washington will house the play on March 27 and 29, as Theater J does not have Friday performances and Forum has put on Churchill’s works before. )
Some have argued that the play is also something insidious. (To read more, click here)