Days of Atonement


DAYS OF ATONEMENT :: An American Premiere Production

June 1 – 25, 2017 :: Calderwood Pavilion in Boston’s South End

DOA_Ramona Alexander, Dana Stern and Jackie DavisDynamic. Aggressive. Funny. Four estranged sisters reunite when their mother goes missing. Differences of religious beliefs, professions and class clash. And the Day of Atonement approaches. With a biting sense of humor, the Ohana family fills the room with warmth and love. Experience these four powerful women at their most vulnerable, struggling to reconnect, forgive and forget. 

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Category 2016-17 Season

Elliot Norton Awards

Anat Gov’s Smash-Hit Comedy Oh God received the Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Small/Fringe Production as well as the Outstanding Actress Award from the Boston Theatre Critics Association.

Actor Maureen Keiller, Board Chair Naomi Gordon, Director Guy Ben-Aharon, Actor Will Lyman and Board Member Jeff Kubiatowicz

Actor Maureen Keiller, Board Chair Naomi Gordon, Director Guy Ben-Aharon, Actor Will Lyman and Board Member Jeff Kubiatowicz

Actress Maureen Keiller wrote: I am so thrilled that Oh God has been been recognized by the Boston Theatre Critics Association, receiving the Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Small/Fringe Production and I am honored to have been awarded Outstanding Actress for my work in this beautiful play.  Working with Israeli Stage has been a true joy in my life and being a part of Oh God has been one of the most profound and rewarding experiences of my career.  Never have I been a part of a play that has moved so many people from such diverse walks of life. Christians, Orthodox Jews, atheists, therapists, parents of special needs children, all of these people were touched by our work in ways that I could never have imagined, sparking thoughtful and intelligent dialogue during each of our talkbacks.  Speaking that beautiful text with the sublime Will Lyman was a privilege I shall never forget.  Collaborating with him and Guy Ben-Aharon, the heart and soul behind Israeli Stage has been a gift for which I am truly grateful. I am so very proud to be a member of the Israeli Stage family and I thank the board, all of our incredible supporters, and all audiences engaged with work who made all of this possible.   

Category 2016-17 Season

Days of Atonement // First Rehearsal

And we’re off! On May 9th, 2017, members of the Israeli Stage Family – artists, Board Members, Ambassador Council Members, and Producer Circle Member for Days of Atonement  gathered to kickoff the journey for the American Premiere Production of the Provocative Family Drama, Days of Atonement. To become a part of the Israeli Stage Family and Experience, write to us here.

Category 2016-17 Season, Support

Season 7 | Kickoff Reception

Thank you so much for showing your faith in theatre and dialogue! On September 18th, 2016, members of the Israeli Stage Family gathered to toast Season 7 and to kickoff a season of asking jarring question through an Israeli lens. To become a part of the Israeli Stage Family and Experience, write to us here.

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Season 7: Jarring Questions through an Israeli Lens

BOSTON, MA – Israeli Stage, sharing the diversity and vitality of Israeli culture through theatre, is proud to announce Season 7! The season will feature two plays presented as Staged Reading in Fall 2016, Olivier Award Nominee Joshua Sobol: In Residence at Israeli Stage in March/April of 2017 and Israeli Stage’s Third Full Theatrical Production, Days of Atonement by former Playwright-in-Residence Hanna Azoulay-Hasfari. Dialogue Reflections led by local thinkers, authors and artist will follow all performances.

Season 7 is asking jarring questions through an Israeli lens. What does it mean to be a woman? What is the nature of forgiveness? How can we use theatre and dialogue as a propeller of social change? “Theatre is a sacred place – it is one of the only places in modern society where people of different backgrounds share an experience. It is the rare exception where people from different walks of life are in a room together; how can we use that platform to broaden dialogue?” asks Producing Artistic Director Guy Ben-Aharon. “We must make theatre about building cultural bridges – between people, communities, countries – through shared reflective dialogue.”

Season 7 asks us daring questions about gender identity in Fertile (Sept 18, 2016 at 7PM), challenges our ideas on end-of-life treatment in Happy Ending (Nov 13, 2016 at 7PM), examines how theatre can be used as a form of resistance with Joshua Sobol’s Residency (March 20 – April 9, 2017) and looks at what the nature of forgiveness means while shedding light on the Israeli-Mizrachi experience with Days of Atonement (June 1 – 25, 2017).

“I am so excited about this connection with the Bostonians,” says Days of Atonement Playwright Hanna Azoulay-Hasfari. “Last year’s residency taught me just how important this cultural bridge is. Israeli Stage is creating a vision for artists and audiences to examine issues that are universal together with the goal of making a more open-minded world.”

Adrianne Krstansky, who will be playing one of the four sisters in the production says: “The desire to experience theatre from around the world will strengthen our compassion and understanding. Under Guy’s direction, these plays come to life with great beauty, humor, intelligence and artistry.  I am thrilled to have this opportunity to work with Israeli Stage and the important mission of bringing cross-cultural work to Boston audiences.” Director Guy Ben-Aharon expressed his admiration for Azoulay-Hasfari’s work, “In Days of Atonement, Hanna manages to write both comedy and pathos.” Following last year’s All Female Playwrights season, Ben-Aharon says, “Days of Atonement is the natural follow-up to Season 6’s All Female Playwrights program line. This is a play about four strong women – women whose voices are often unsung – and need to be sung.”

“It is so important to sing the unsung stories of the Moroccan-Israeli narrative,” writes Azoulay-Hasfari. “It is one that has been under-served in Israel, and practically unheard abroad. Being able to explore Days of Atonement with American audiences, and fostering this relationship with these brilliant Bostonians gives me hope – hope to create a world that is more understanding and more pluralistic.”

Incoming Board Chair Naomi Gordon says “the mission of Israeli Stage is not to present ‘the party line’ – we are engaging with an Israel that is as nuanced and diverse in opinion and narrative as our reality is here. The playwrights presented are writing from the fringes, not from the center and provide us an opportunity to look into a lens that is sometimes uncomfortable, but always authentic.” Board Member Bruce Lynn adds, “Israeli Stage provides us an Israeli slice of life – you get to experience a different Israel with each play you attend.”

Category 2016-17 Season