Success Is Upon Us – And So Is Controversy (and so what else is new? Or… a pretty happy producing day)

Or make that, “One of the Happiest Producing Days in My Life.” But then I’d have to tell you why — and I’m barely even sure myself. But I’ll get to it…

More press over the last 24 hours and it’s worth appreciating – we’ve never had such a rapturous critical response to such charged material before. Obviously, The Washington Post review paved the way for some extraordinary sales, but the follow-up reviews, commentaries, and features have continued to spread the news far and wide and, as a result, we’re almost sold out for the entire run. So on the one hand, we’re grateful, and let’s share with you links as to why…

First, from the Washington Examiner
The Forward
The Huffington Post
The Washington Jewish Week
Washington City Paper

Only 2:39 AM fatigue keeps me from finishing this posting, from writing about the incredible way the day began at the home of the Ambassador of Israel, and breakfast for 34, when the first controversy of the day broke out, to the way this amazing day ended, with our most diversely-assembled panel involving distinguished, smart, and sensitive guests, both on stage and in the house, with 2 dozen students involved asking questions as well. I’ll get to it ll. I’ll get to the fighting, the upset reaction of our friend, the cultural attache, who told us of awakening at 3 am after seeing the play, posting on facebook her refutations of the characters’ claims and complaints, and to the civil discourse that continued over the breakfast table–a most unique diplomatic cultural exchange–as we take measure of the the sublime way the art has asserted its centrality… Reflections on the last three panel discussions to come, and a canvassing of audience reactions as well…

This morning begin rehearsals for the afternoon reading of Boaz Gaon’s ARGENTINA in our library. And so our Festival unfurls its next flag and the spreading of wings continues…