from the rehearsal room of SEVEN JEWISH CHILDREN

From actor, director, stage manager and Theater J production manager, Delia Taylor

This is an extraordinary experience–a powerful piece of writing dealing with the very essence of shared human emotion–facing our fear, guilt and pain head-on. It’s not a comfortable experience to be sure, but I was very moved by last night’s rehearsal of Churchill’s short play. Just as Sinai Peter has risen above Churchill’s personal hard line approach, her piece rises above the playwright’s political stance–whatever her intentions–the work stands apart to be interpreted by other artists and people in general.

We must encourage those objecting to the presentation of what Churchill has written to judge for themselves, to listen and hear what we do with it, to look and see what we do with it. We must ask them to put aside prejudices, including those of the author and of the critics, along with their own. The text of the piece clearly strikes a very deep chord and hits a very raw nerve–we saw it on the faces of the actors last night and heard it in their voices.

If one could quiet the surrounding hub-bub and let down ones defenses long enough to let them in, one might understand the compassion, the sympathy, even empathy and above all the humanity of the words. This is my personal, political and professional endorsement of your decision to present this work, with the other two pieces, in spite of threats and anger directed at you. That you talk with your detractors attests to the truth of your belief in dialogue over violence, your faith in people to overcome conflict.

Thank you for leading us to look for the glimmer of hope in all the madness.

Delia

PS I ain’t no Ariel Dorfman, but contrary to what I may say, you do make me feel that my opinion does matter, that’s why I’m writing this!