Exploring questions of Freedom of Speech, Israeli Stage presented the American Premiere of The Hearing, marking its 7th birthday. For more photos of the program, click here.
CONCEIVED BY Renana Raz :: DIRECTOR Guy Ben-Aharon :: TRANSLATORS Natalie Fainstein & Guy Ben-Aharon :: FEATURING Lonnie Farmer*, Maureen Keiller*, Melinda Lopez*, Nael Nacer*
DIALOGUE LEADERS :: Annissa Essaibi George, Boston City Councilor at Large; Laura Gordon Fisher, Senior Dean of Faculty Development in the Faculty of Arts & Sciences at Harvard University; Lee Pelton, President at Emerson College; Lawrence Summers, President Emeritus of Harvard University; Bob Weintraub, Faculty Director of the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies department at Boston University, Jeff Weiss, President of Lesley University
“A quartet of quality performances“; “Israeli Stage recognizes the value of discussing the thought-provoking issues” ~BroadwayWorld.com
“An optic through which to examine our own nation’s problems…a provocative mirror on the vicissitudes of our own democracy.” ~ArtsFuse.org
“The Hearing, which premieres in America Nov. 12, asks how far freedom of expression can be protected in the classroom.” ~JewishBoston.com
“A powerful play…about issues of academic freedom.” ~Larry Summers in The FInancial Times
“The show is, at times, laugh out loud funny! The statements and arguments made are so outlandish, that you can’t help but laugh.” ~The Brookline Tab
“Pelton, who serves on Israeli Stage’s Ambassador Council, and Summers will be joined by Lesley University President Jeff Weiss and Boston City Councilor-at-Large Annissa Essaibi-George, and will be moderated by Laura Gordon Fisher, Senior Associate Dean of Faculty Development in Faculty of Arts & Sciences at Harvard University” ~Emerson College
THE HEARING A high school student complains about their teacher expressing leftist views in the classroom, and the teacher is called in for a hearing. This is the true story of Adam Verete who – after opening a dialogue about the morality of an army in a public high school in Israel – was publicly threatened and humiliated.
This program is made possible thanks to the generosity of Laura Gordon Fisher, Lee Pelton and Emerson College. Special thanks to Elie Wiesel Center for Jewish Studies.