“The Hearing”: a Play and Discussion

1 July 2018, 19:30pm at JW3

Tickets- £8

Tickets available here

Join NIF and Yachad for a stage reading of this acclaimed and highly thought-provoking play, followed by a panel discussion with human rights lawyer Michael Sfard who represented Adam Verte (the man upon whose experiences this play is based).


Michael Sfard is one of Israel’s most prominent human rights lawyers, specialising in international human rights law and the laws of war.  He has been described as “Israel’s pre-eminent legal expert on settlements and the challenges posed by the broader infrastructure of Israeli occupation to the daily life of Palestinians, to the two-state solution, to American policy and to Israel’s democracy”. 

Sfard is a former conscientious objector, having since represented hundreds of Israeli soldiers who have refused to serve in the army. He received the Emil Grunzweig Human Rights Award and an Open Society Fellowship. His writing’s on human rights law have appeared in the New York Times, Haaretz, The Independent, and Foreign Policy.

Click here for an interview with Michael Sfard on his acclaimed new book ‘The Wall and the Gate’.


The play:

A high school student complains about their teacher expressing leftist views in the classroom, and then the teacher is called in for a hearing. This is the true story of Adam Verete who was publicly threatened and humiliated after opening a dialogue about the morality of an army in a public high school in Israel. Directed by Guy Ben-Aharon.

The protocol of The Hearing was first conceived as a performance by Renana Raz in Israel. This translation, by Natalie Fainstein and Guy Ben-Aharon, was commissioned and produced by Boston’s Israeli Stage, sharing the diversity and vitality of Israeli culture through theatre and dialogue.

“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

“A powerful play…about issues of academic freedom.” ~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



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