In the Press – 2011-12 Season

The Arts Fuse | October 2011

“There are not nearly enough international theater productions in the Boston area (or in America for that matter); the creation of the Israeli Stage may be a harbinger of interesting things to come. Slowly but surely the realization is dawning on influential funding organizations that support should not automatically be funneled into the maws of large, non-profit institutions that cater to traditional (and shrinking) audiences or to Broadway-bound product, but to community-based, cultural projects that specialize in art that reflects the experiences of a diverse, American population, from the Hispanic to the Cambodian. American theater will take on a more global perspective (importing directors from Europe is not the same thing), and it is about time.

Besides that, I am an admirer of the Israeli writer A. B. Yehoshua, primarily through his novels and short stories (I recommend A Woman in Jerusalem). Other prominent Israeli novelists—such as Amos Oz and David Grossman—are routinely translated, and there is the Dalkey Archive Press’s excellent Hebrew Literature Series, among whose selections I would recommend Homesick by Eshkol Nevo and Heatwave and Crazy Birds by Gabriela Avigur-Rotem. Exciting things are happening in Israeli writing, and it is garnering considerable attention in Europe. But what about theater in Israel? Israeli Stage offers the curious a chance to see what is happening…”

Read more on | October 2011

“For some, Israel evokes images of political upheaval and military strife. For others, it the distant land in your third grade Hebrew School textbook, or the place that’s dripping with hummus and tahini, or a state overrun by secular Judaism. For Guy Ben-Aharon, the founder and producing artistic director for Boston’s Israeli Stage, Israel is a living laboratory for arts, culture, and storytelling.

Ben-Aharon, who started Israeli Stage in November 2010, hopes to fuse our preconceived notions of Israel with the realities of Israeli culture, in order to create an innovative theatrical experience for the Boston community and beyond…”


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