Received this a day before the new round of talks began at the White House this week:
Subject: U R G E N T FOR ARI ROTH : HOW TO GET PRESIDENT OBAMA TO SEE “PANGS OF THE MESSIAH”
TO; Mr. Ari Roth
I had the honor, pleasure of seeing ‘Pangs of the Messiah” a few years ago and it occurred to me that this would be something important for the President and his advisers to see as they approach talks with PM Netanyahu.
Now I just went on the Theater J blog and played part of “Israel Comes to 16th Street“, fascinated to hear what went into the mounting of the play for an American audience…
I don’t know that Americans really understand how “biographical” Israel really is – that this tiny state, this conglomerated nation, is really made up of the one-plus-one-plus-one’s. It gets lost in talk of the “Israeli-Palestinian Problem” – as if it is somehow disembodied from people.
I imagine you have tapes of the play and though it’s always better to see a live performance, at this late hour, that is highly unlikely, even were impossible to get the actors and A MOST GENEROUS BENEFACTOR TO SUPPORT A “COMMAND”WHITE HOUSE PERFORMANCE.
The bigger question is: who CAN PUSH THE BUTTONS, OPEN THE DOORS, TO BRING DOWN THE SCREEN IN THE WHITE HOUSE SCREENING ROOM, AND HAVE “PANGS OF THE MESSIAH” PROJECTED ASAP? This is IT: the MOMENT when art meets life……….and LIFE actualilzes ART.
Perhaps, actually, this might be a propitious time to mount a short-run screening of the play IN “ORDER TO “TEACH THE ISSUES OF THE PLAY’ – as was said in the video.
And then this follow up from the same individual:
Settlers defy peace talks with new construction across West Bank
Yesha council says settlers will start building in at least 80 settlements, breaking a government freeze that ends on September 26.
I KNEW IT! September 1 is a day for “Blitzkreig” – and I KNEW this would be it! Just as PANGS OF THE MESSIAH predicted!
So here are the videos documenting the prophetic PANGS OF THE MESSIAH by Motti Lerner; a play about a historic peace agreement that’s scuttled by the actions of extremists.
Filmmaker David Goldenberg’s documentaries made during our rehearsals and early performances of PANGS OF THE MESSIAH in summer of 2007.
BRINGING ISRAEL TO 16TH STREET
THE CREATIVE PROCESS
THE DIRECTOR DISCUSSES SETTLEMENTS
MY AMERICAN EXPERIENCE