To the End of the Land by David Grossman was first held on November 6th, 2011 at the Fong Auditorium in Boylston Hall – Harvard University. The performance was commissioned and co-produced by the Center for Jewish Studies at Harvard University and sponsored by the Israel Campus Roundtable. \Introductions were made by Dr. Irit Aharony of Harvard University and Producing Artistic Director Guy Ben-Aharon, and the performance was followed by a Q&A including the cast, crew, and Dr. Irit Aharony. (Photo credit: Q Lam). Thanks to the enthusiasm for the piece, Israeli Stage brought back this World Premiere adaptation in November of 2013 to Temple Isaiah – Lexington and to Clark University.
DIRECTOR: Guy Ben-Aharon
STAGE MANAGER: Rebecca Schneebaum
AVRAM: Jeremiah Kissel, Elliot Norton Award and IRNE Award winner
ORA: Sheila Stasack
AUDIENCE REACTION: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0OSU5WI0IOw
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Acclaimed Israeli author Grossman serves up a powerful meditation on war, friendship, and family. Instead of celebrating her son Ofer’s discharge from the Israeli Army, Ora finds her life turned upside down and inside out when he reenlists and is sent back to the front for a major offensive. Unable to bear the thought of sitting alone waiting for the “notifiers” to bring her bad news, the recently separated Ora decides to hike in the Galilee, where she will be both anonymous and inaccessible. Joined by her estranged best friend and former lover Avram, a recluse who never recovered from the brutality he experienced as a POW during the Yom Kippur War, she narrates the story of her doomed marriage to Ilan and her often arduous journey as a mother. As the tension mounts, she talks compulsively about Ofer, as if telling his story will protect him and keep him alive for both herself and for Avram, the biological father he has never met. As Ora and Avram travel back and forth through time via shared memories, the toll exacted by living in a land and among a people constantly at war is excruciatingly evident.
ABOUT DAVID GROSSMAN
Leading Israeli novelist David Grossman (b. 1954, Jerusalem) studied philosophy and drama at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and later worked as an editor and broadcaster at Israel Radio. Grossman has written seven novels, a play, a number of short stories and novellas, and a number of books for children and youth. He has also published several books of non-fiction, including interviews with Palestinians and Israeli Arabs. In 2007, his novels The Book of Internal Grammar and See Under: Love were named among the ten most important books since the creation of the State of Israel. His books have been translated into over 25 languages.