Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

DC's Jewish Community Center Presents "Via Dolorosa"

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

DC's Jewish Community Center Presents "Via Dolorosa"

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DC'S JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER PRESENTS "VIA DOLOROSA"

The DC Jewish Community Center's theater presented English playwright David Hare's "Via Dolorosa," a timely one-act play, from Nov. 5 to 26. Hare's friend Phillip Roth convinced him to accept an invitation to visit Israel three years ago by saying, "You've got to go...These people...are the maddest people I've ever met in my life...they're the most wonderful material." Hare, an acclaimed English play-wright who is a Christian married to a Jewish wife, gives an absorbing first-person account of his trip. His character, played by himself in London and on Broadway, was adroitly played by actor David Bryan in the DC performance directed by Nick Olcott.

Hare asks every person he meets on his journey, "Which is the way forward?" The answers he receives at a posh cafe in Jaffa, a California-style illegal Jewish settlement in the West Bank, a public cafeteria in the Knesset, and on the poverty-stricken streets of Gaza are telling. Jackson as Hare is curious, roughly neutral but opinionated enough to get upset with the answers he hears. Hare spares neither Jews nor Palestinians, rightwing settlers or left-wing peace activists with his wry commentary. …

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