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ISRAELI STAGE TACKLES TOUGH ISSUES IN TRANSLATION

GGUY BEN-AHARON SAYS STAGED READINGS ARE “AN INCREDIBLE PLATFORM FOR DIALOGUE.” PHOTO BY ESRA ROTTHOFF

Lisa Traiger | Washington Jewish Week

"Guy Ben-Aharon wants to change the cultural conversation in the United States.

"He’s doing it by bringing Israeli plays to diverse audiences, both within the Jewish community and beyond. Theater, he believes, can facilitate dialogue, introduce new ideas, and open viewers’ minds.

"'The power of theater is a shared emotional experience. You get into a room with a group of people you don’t know and you go through an emotional experience together,' the 26-year-old founder and director of Boston-based Israeli Stage, which is now in its seventh year, said last week.

"On Feb. 21, Israeli Stage will come to the University of Maryland, College Park with a reading of Yakir Eliahu Vaknin’s play “Fertile.” This follows last year’s visit with a thoughtful comedy, 'Oh, God.'"

" 'Fertile' is based on the true story of Israeli actress Zohar Meidan, who was born without a uterus. It challenges perceptions and, filled with both tragic and comic moments, encourages a second look at the simplistic understanding of gender, identity and womanhood."

Read the complete preview at Washington Jewish Week.

Image: Guy Ben-Aharon, photo by Esra Rotthoff via Washington Jewish Week.

Date of Publication: 
2/16/17