“The Hearing”: a Play and Discussion
1 July 2018, 19:30pm at JW3
Tickets available here (you will be redirected to the JW3 website)
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 Verete (the man upon whose experiences this play is based).
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
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 writings 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’.
Guy Ben-Aharon, director and co-translator of The Hearing:
Guy is the Producing Artistic Director and Founder of Israeli Stage, an initiative dedicated to sharing the diversity and vibrancy of Israeli culture. He has directed and produced over 12 plays for the Israeli Stage, including a world premiere commissioned by Harvard University. More recently, he has set up corresponding initiatives for the Goethe-Institut Boston, for swissnexBoston and for the French Consulate and French Cultural Center. He has been chosen by the Combined Jewish Philanthropies as one of the top 18 influential leaders in Boston under 45.
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