In the Press | January 2016

2016 Starts with a Bang! Our First Feature in The Jerusalem Post

“People say that it’s like being in Israel without flying there. It’s a slice of life from Israel…” Read more at JPost.com

Category 2015-2016 Season, Press

In the Press | December 2015

Israeli Stage gets Top Billing with Times of Israel!

“With an enviable roster of some of Boston’s most well established award-winning performers – as well as younger actors on the rise – Israeli Stage has drawn a growing and committed audience…” Read more at TimesOfIsrael.com

Best of Boston 2015 with WBUR 

Israeli Stage’s Ulysses on Bottles gets chosen as one of the Best Productions in 2015: “a tense topical juggernaut and an allegorical meditation on freedom and art…” Read more at Artery.WBUR.org

Best of Boston 2015 with The Arts Fuse

Israeli Stage’s Ulysses on Bottles gets chosen as one of the Best Productions in 2015: “This is the best kind of political drama: audiences across the ideological spectrum will find something here that might antagonize them or force them to question their beliefs…” Read more at ArtsFuse.org

Best of Boston 2015 with The Jewish Advocate

Israeli Stage’s Ulysses on Bottles gets chosen as one of the Best Productions in 2015: “A stunningly auspicious debut…” Read more at TheJewishAdvocate.com

Category 2015-2016 Season, Press

The “Conversation between the Conversations” by Naomi Gordon

As the newest member of the Israeli Stage Board I wanted to share with you my first experiences with this company and invite you to join me and the company in a special yearlong celebration of our 5th Anniversary and 6th Season.

It was only a year ago when I saw my first production by the Israeli Stage of Never Ever, Ever. I was very surprised by the level and content of the conversations that took place after the performance. The Price_Tag234audience was deeply engaged with the single character of the play.  They shared surprisingly emotional and insightful moments from their own lives with us. For me, it was an “aha” moment.  This was not just a talk back, which honestly I abhor and promptly exit at the end of any production when they start assembling the chairs for the actors and perhaps the dramaturg to come out and “talk with us.”  This was and is very different.

What we have at Israeli Stage is the “conversation between the conversations”. The dialogue between the text and the emotions. Post production moments skillfully curated by dialogue mentors. They clearly are NOT talk backs as we all experience in the non-profit theatre world. They are the beginning of the integration or the struggle of what we see with our long held biases and blind spots. This is much more than a simple challenge to our belief system. This is new. Israeli Stage is a pioneer in this process through its commitment to the dialogue. 

Come along with us for the emotional ride in this our 6th and most successful season.  Guy has chosen a season of all female playwrights. A statement in itself.  But more than that, the plays he has chosen soar well beyond the confines of Israeli culture. They soar into the world and magic of theater.  Being Jewish isn’t a prerequisite to engaging with these plays, being human is. A good play is always a metaphor for understanding our humanity, well beyond considerations of race, gender and politics.  The setting may begin in Israel, but the ending is somewhere in our shared values and empathy.

Category Our Board Members

Israeli Stage Celebrates its 5th Birthday! | Boston Globe

November is Israeli Stage’s Birthday Month, and this year we celebrated our 5th Birthday with a Pre-Show Wine & Cheese Reception hosted by Board Member Naomi Gordon and Tufts Professor Barbara W. Grossman (also the VP of Mass Cultural Council). The Boston Globe‘s Names Section featured it hereHarvard Law Professor Noah Feldman and kids Ruth Lynn, Advisory Board Member Scott Burson, Board Member Bruce Lynn and Advisory Board Member Wendy Liebow Val Kopp Aharonov and Wafa Shikaki

Category 2015-2016 Season, Our Board Members, Press

All Female Playwrights

American Theatre Magazine features Season 6 | All Female Playwrights 

Israeli Stage Announces Season of Works by Women

A series of readings and productions will celebrate and examine Israeli culture from the female perspective.

BOSTON: Israeli Stage has announced its 2015—16 season, entirely consisting of work by female playwrights in plays and readings about Israeli culture.

“This upcoming season, we are thrilled to introduce to our audiences the outstanding works of female playwrights, who present a new, less-known female voice of Israeli culture,” said board president Dalia Cahana-Amitay in a statement.

First will be a reading of Savyon Liebrecht’s The Strawberry Girl (Sept. 20), about how a German woman and her son’s lives change when they meet a young girl growing strawberries in Poland. Nancy E. Carroll will star.

Following will be a reading of Alma Weich’s Price Tag (Nov. 15), about the son of a senior member of the Israeli Parliament who is jailed for carrying out a terrorist attack. Will Lyman and Pat Shea will star.

Next will be a fully staged production of Anat Gov’s Oh God (April 14—30, 2016), about a psychologist whose newest client is God.

Following will be a reading of Gov’s Happy Ending (April 18, 2016), about a woman who encounters three women in an oncology office—a Holocaust survivor, a middle-aged divorcée, and a young Orthodox woman—who make her rethink her life.

Also part of the season will be a production by Hanna Azulay Hasafri as part of the “In Residence at Israeli Stage” program. The brand new play will receive a workshop and will tour colleges.

Category 2015-2016 Season, Press